On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in an infamous Lake Superior storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men. The Fitzgerald’s story has become a popular legend through a song by Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot – and the cause of her loss remains a mystery forty years later.
The bell of this most famous Great Lakes shipwreck was recovered at the request of surviving family members in 1995 and is now on display as a memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum will offer its annual Memorial Service this year on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery Building.
The public is cordially invited to attend and view a “live feed” televised showing of the ceremony in the US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House and Museum Gift Store. The service includes music, reflections, and a Call to the Last Watch Ceremony during which the bell is tolled 29 times for each crew member, plus a 30th ring to remember all Mariners lost on the Great Lakes. Refreshments will be served immediately following.
The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery, US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House, Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, USCG Surf Boathouse, Special Exhibit Gallery and Museum Gift Store will be open on November 10th 2015 to the public by “donation only” from 10am to 4pm. The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery will close at 4pm during set up for the ceremony.