Edmund Fitzgerald – Documentary Of The Sinking

Mike Schuler
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November 11, 2008

Edmund Fitzgerald

Image Courtesy: mhsd.org

To coincide with the 23rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking in Lake Superior, Southport Video Productions has released what is said to be the most detailed and comprehensive documentary on the incident.  EdmundFitzgerald.com tells us:

On November 10, 1975, in the most famous shipwreck in Great Lakes history, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a treacherous storm on Lake Superior. Now in conjunction with its anniversary of the ship sinking, Southport Video Productions, a film company specializing in documentaries on shipwrecks and lighthouses, has released a new program titled “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

“This is by far our most detailed and comprehensive look at this ships’s story,” says Southport producer Mark C. Gumbinger, who produced and directed two earlier entries on the Edmund Fitzgerald.  “The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald presents new interview material filmed for this program, with updated theories about what actually brought the Edmund Fitzgerald to the bottom of Lake Superior on that terrible, stormy night.”

Thanks to the popular 1976 song by singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald has reached and maintained legendary status in Great Lakes maritime lore. The gigantic ore carrier, at one time the largest ship on the Great Lakes and holder of numerous tonnage records, was caught up in a vicious November storm on Lake Superior and, after hours of battling high winds and 30-foot waves, suddenly disappeared from radar without so much as a single warning or SOS from its captain or crew.

You can read the rest of this article, as well as order the docutmentary HERE.

For gCaptain’s post on the incident, including videos and some great links to other resources, see Remembering The Edmund Fitzgerald.

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