November 10 marks the 43rd Anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. The freighter sank in Lake Superior due to a storm, and the entire crew of 29 people was lost. The exact cause of the sinking is unknown, although many have examined and explored options from structural failure to being shoaled, or more. The wreck is one of the most famous on the Great Lakes and it was immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
The Door County Historical Society will pay tribute to the famous wreck with a program on the Edmund Fitzgerald. Award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books, Rochelle Pennington, will lead a discussion on the wreck. She will delve into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery that led to the demise of the 29-man crew.
Pennington is a lively storyteller and has delivered more than 2,000 speeches over the past twenty years. Her works include Highlighted in Yellow (co-authored with H. Jackson Brown), The Historic Christmas Tree Ship, An Old-Fashioned Christmas among others. For more information on Pennington visit rochellepenningtonbooks.com.
“Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” will be held at the Prince of Peace Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, on November 26 at 6 pm. For more information visit doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org.