What Caused the Capsize of the Edmund Fitzgerald Ship?


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A severe storm caused the SS Edmund Fitzgerald to sink in Lake Superior. The American Great Lakes freighter went down on Nov. 10, 1975, and was the largest ship to ever sink in the Great Lakes. The entire crew of 29 perished in the disaster.

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Although the captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald reported the ship had difficulties in the storm, no distress signal was ever sent. The ship went down approximately 7 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan. The extreme waves due to the storm prevented the ship from showing accurately on the radar of the SS Arthur M. Anderson, a ship that stayed with the Fitzgerald on its journey to Whitefish Point. The Edmund Fitzgerald permanently disappeared from radar at around 7:15 p.m.

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