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GREAT LAKE FREIGHTER – THE EDMUND FITZGERALD – MUSEUM QUALITY STATIC DISPLAY MODEL

$3100.00 (Excl. Sales Tax)
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Category RC Cargo Ships

An incredibly detailed museum quality ship of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  All parts are wooden and metal, with painstaking plank-on-frame construction. 

Model is 48 inches in length.  Free shipping to the 48 contiguous states.  International?  Contact us for a quote.

Model ships in 7-10 business days.

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 recovered.

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 Fitzgerald." 

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.

Edmund Fitzgerald remained the largest freighter on the great  lakes for 17 years, until sunk.