Great lake freighter
When launched on June 8, 1958, SS Edmund Fitzgerald
was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes.
Nicknamed the "Mighty Fitz", "Fitz", or "Big Fitz".
For seventeen years the
Fitzgerald carried taconite iron ore from mines near
Duluth, Minnesota, to iron works in Detroit, Toledo, and
other Great Lakes ports. As a "workhorse" she set
seasonal haul records six times, often beating her own
previous record. Her size, record-breaking
performance, and "DJ captain" endeared the Fitzgerald to
boat watchers. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for
piping music day or night over the ship's intercom
system while passing through the St. Clair and Detroit
Rivers (between Lakes Huron and Erie), and entertaining
spectators at the Soo Locks (between Lakes Superior and
Huron) with a running commentary about the Fitzgerald.
On the afternoon of
November 9, 1975, carrying a full cargo of ore pellets,
the Edmund Fitzgerald embarked on her voyage from
Superior, Wisconsin. En route to a steel mill near
Detroit, Michigan, she joined a second freighter, the SS
Arthur M. Anderson. By the next day the two ships were
caught in the midst of a severe winter storm on Lake
Superior, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up
to 35 feet high. Shortly after 7:10 p.m. the Fitzgerald
suddenly sank in Canadian waters 530 feet deep.
Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty
earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank.
Her crew of 29 all perished, and no bodies were
The sinking of the
Edmund Fitzgerald is the most famous disaster in the
history of Great Lakes shipping, and is the subject of
Gordon Lightfoot's hit song, "The Wreck Of The Edmund
The wreck & sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
has been a subject fascinating many people. How a storm on Lake Superior
could take down a ship that had a length of 2 city
blocks with such speed that no
distress call could be made? The precise cause of
her sinking remains a mystery.
remained the largest freighter on the great
lakes for 17 years, until sunk.
This model of the Edmund Fitzgerald features:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures
- >95% of parts are wood and metal
46" long x
9.5 tall x 5" wide
& H is $90