She was affectionately nicknamed " The Fitz" or " The Pride of the American side" . The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was a huge iron ore freighter that floated on Lake Superior from her docks in Superior, Wisconsin to other ports such as Duluth, Minnesota, Detroit, Michigan. Cleveland, Ohio, and Sault Ste. Marie,Ontario, Canada. The ship was well known for having a good crew and veteraned captain. But, Lake Superior, especially in November is known to be extremely temperamental, and she NEVER gives up her dead.
The ship was built in 1958, and at the time was one of the largest Lake freighters in North America. It was well respected and a favorite of the Midwestern maritime enthusiasts. However on November 10th, 1975 little did people know, The Fitz would be taking her last trip.
On that evening, the ship left it's docks in Wisconsin loaded bound for Detroit for a steel mill. There was 26,000 tons of iron ore along with 29 crewmembers. That evening, hurricane force winds of 80 miles per hour and waves over 25 feet were churning in Lake Superior. The captain tried to radio other boats to let then know they were taking in water, but sadly their attempts were futile. Other ships joined in to try to save her and to get her to Whitefish Bay near Sault Ste. Marie, but it was no use. The ship and her 29 crewmembers were gone without a trace.
The church bells rang 29 times at Detroit's Church of the Mariners. Honoring the dead crew members in a respectful fashion. But, them nor the ship have never been recovered. As it has been said, Lake Superior never gives up her dead. Some people have recounted on the Great Lakes near Detriot, Milwaukee, Sault Ste. Marie, and even Minneapolis of seeing a ghost ship in the fog resembling that of The Edmund Fitzgerald. Is it possible that the souls of the crew who went down in the icy waters of Lake Superior may not be entirely dead, but sailing on to a destination that they never reached?
There have been other shipwrecks in Lake Superior, the same has happened to them. When the bodies go down below, they never come back up. The ghost ships of Lake Superior are afloat and trying to reach their destinations, with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew leading the way.