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The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


Read More About It

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Frederick Stonehouse

"Fitzgerald's Storm: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Joseph MacInnis

"Gales of November: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Robert Hemming


Vocabulary:

docks
port


Interesting Fact:

When the Edmund Fitzgerald was first launched, it was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes.


Study Questions:

  • What was the size of the Edmund Fitzgerald and when was it built?
  • What cargo was the Edmund Fitzgerald carrying when it sank?
  • Who wrote and sung the ballad "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald?"


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Edmund Fitzgerald:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 9:

    1872: A major fire in Boston destroyed a thousand buildings.
    1965: Many states in the northeastern U.S. are hit by a massive blackout, lasting nearly 14 hours in some places.



  • NOVEMBER 9

    November 9, 1975: The freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald" left the Burlington Northern docks at the port of Superior bound for Detroit and Cleveland. The ship and its crew disappeared in a fierce storm on Lake Superior the following day.


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