TOLEDO (WTVG) - This weekend marks the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. There are many Toledo ties to the tragedy. The giant ore carrier went down during a violent Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975.
When the ship was christened in 1958, it was the biggest freighter sailing the Great Lakes. She set record after record during her career including most iron carried in a single trip and most carried in a season. The Edmund Fitzgerald is the biggest ship to sink in the Great Lakes.
The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared from radar without a call for help. All 29 men on board were killed. The captain was from Ottawa Hills, and six crew members were from northwest Ohio. Toledo was also a frequent port of call for the freighter, one of her nicknames was the "Toledo Express."
Even though the tragedy prompted the biggest maritime investigation in Great Lakes history, the cause remains a mystery to this day.
There are several artifacts from the Fitzgerald at The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo including an inflatable life raft.