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Remembering "Mighty Fitz"

By Mitch Teich
Lake Effect/Milwaukee Public Radio

schumacher_mightyWe’re forecast to have pretty quiet weather over the Thanksgiving holiday.  But – as people in the storm-tossed northeast can attest – November can be a pretty turbulent, transitional period for the weather.

That was certainly the case in November 1975.  Two fierce storms collided over Lake Superior on the 9th and 10th of that month.  The weather was so rough, it led to the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, a modern ore ship that was considered all but unsinkable.

The wreck, which killed all 29 aboard, was immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  It’s also been chronicled in numerous books, but despite years of study, all the possible explanations for its sinking remain merely theories.

A book by Kenosha writer Michael Schumacher brings the story of the Milwaukee-registered ships, and the theories of its sinking, together.  Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald has recently been reissued by the University of Minnesota Press, and Schumacher joined Mitch Teich on the line to talk about it.

Listen here.

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