News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Akron General

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


More than one Edmund Fitzgerald has sunk in the Great Lakes
One Edmund Fitzgerald was lost 38 years ago this Sunday; the other went down nearly 130 years ago

by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
The Edmund Fitzgerald at the bottom of Lake Superior. That ship sank 92 years after the Edmond Fitzgerald went down in Lake Erie.
Courtesy of Fredrick J. Shannon
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

This Sunday marks the 38th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. But it wasn’t the first ship of the same name to go down in the Great Lakes. Historian Betty Lou Higgins of Elyria says just about this time 130 years ago, the other Edmond Fitzgerald sank during a heavy storm in Lake Erie off Long Point, Ontario.

LISTEN: A family history

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:32)


“It was built by the same Fitzgerald family that owned the famous Fitzgerald. And, in fact, the gentleman’s name was Edmond Fitzgerald who built it. He was Edmond with an 'O.'
"In 1870, he built the lumber-and-grain-carrying, two-masted schooner the Edmond Fitzgerald with an 'O.'  That’s the one that went down in 1883.It was his nephew, Edmund with a 'U' for which the second Edmund Fitzgerald was named.”  

All seven crew members of the first Edmond Fitzgerald were lost. In 1975, all 29 people on the second Edmund Fitzgerald died when that ship sank during a strong storm. It’s estimated that since the 1600’s, more than 6,000 ships have gone down the Great Lakes.

Listener Comments:

I have a sinking feeling about this.


Posted by: Joan (C-Falls) on November 10, 2013 8:11AM
This is mysteriously interesting ... as well as so tragic. Are there any photos of this "new find"???


Posted by: jo Davis (Olmsted Twp) on November 9, 2013 2:11AM
This was interesting. I never knew about the first sinking.


Posted by: Brian Barb (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) on November 8, 2013 6:11AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University