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Launch of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1958

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Silent colour 16mm film of the Edmund Fitzgerald’s launch by R.J. Anderson and Company on June 7, 1958. This video depicts the large crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works, (shipbuilders in Detroit, Michigan) on the river in boats, and on the stage that has been erected in front of the boat. The launch is recorded from the port quarter of the freighter and the port bow once more. After several shots of the crowd and the freighter floating in the slip, the movie comes to an end.

Read The Scuba News Canada Article on the Edmund Fitzgerald

Since 1995, diving at the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck location has been prohibited, including the use of side-scanning sonar gear. Huge fines will be imposed. No bodies were ever recovered from the tragedy and the wreck scene is considered a grave site.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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