Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald
1958 - 1975
On January 7,1974, while at anchor in the Detroit River, one mile west of Belle Isle, the Fitzgerald lost her bow anchor. This 12,290 pound artifact lay undisturbed until July 20,1992 when it was recovered. In tribute to the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and the men who built her, the anchor comes to represent the maritime heritage of the State of Michigan.
—John P. Polacsek, Curator of Marine History
This project could not have been accomplished without the support of the following: Great Lakes Maritime Institute Gaelic Tugboat Company Blue Water Exploration, LTD Detroit Harbormaster Dive Team Bruno's Dive Shop Tom & Jerry's Scuba Shop John Quasarano Family Harry J Harris Funeral Home, Inc WDIV-Channel 4 Detroit Faust Corporation William A Moss Butcher Packer Supply, Inc US Scuba Center Advanced Aquatics Diving, Inc Phil's Quality Meats Mao Graphics,
Erected by Detroit Maritime Historical Museum.
Location. 42° 20.101′ N, 82° 59.132′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on The Strand Drive. Touch for map. On Belle Isle, around the side of the Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perry's Victory (here, next to this marker); Detroit Spanish American War Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alpheus S. Williams (approx. 0.3 miles away); Police Radio Dispatch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ransom Eli Olds (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Siege of Detroit 1763 (approx. half a mile away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Regarding S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald. It was named after the president and chairman of the board of Milwaukee Drydock Company. The freighter sank November 9, 1975 in a storm on Lake Superior with the loss of all 29 crew.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for SS Edmund Fitzgerald. (Submitted on November 8, 2014.)
2. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot.
3. Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum entry. “At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society on July 4, 1995. This expedition was conducted jointly with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now on display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum as a memorial to her lost crew.” (Submitted on November 9, 2014.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Disasters • Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 4,148 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was the Marker of the Week November 9, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. 3. submitted on November 8, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.