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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

  • Holiday Inn-Manitowoc 4601 Calumet Avenue Manitowoc, WI, 54220 United States (map)
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Join bestselling author and speaker Rochelle Pennington to learn more about the “Edmund Fitzgerald,” the largest shipwreck ever to go down on the Great Lakes.

No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the “Fitzgerald,” which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of 3-story buildings.

Pennington will delve into the history and mystery of the vessel and will explore the opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to determine what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

The massive ore freighter, built and owned by Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., was named after its president, Edmund Fitzgerald, who helped establish the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.

Audience members will be led from the ship’s launch to its final radio broadcasts, and from the “Fitz’s” discovery on Superior’s bottom to the location of the vessel’s artifacts in various museums.

About the Hungry for History Series:

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.

Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or following the link below (available in 2019). The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $25 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.