Carl D. BradleyThis is the second-largest shipwreck in the lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald was 729' in length. The wreck is intact and sits deep with the pilot house being the shallowest point at 310'. It broke in two parts in a violent storm on November 18, 1958. This is an advanced technical dive.
|Vessel Built:||1927, American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH|
|Vessel Specifications:||1927, American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH|
|Type of Vessel:||Steel Freighter|
|Depth to Deck:||324 ft (99m)|
|Depth to Bottom:||370 ft (113m)|
|How it Sunk:||Battling 30-foot waves and 65 mph winds , she rode up on a huge wave and broke in two, sinking quickly. The German motor vessel Christian Sartori was first on the scene, but was unable to find any of her crew. Extensive air-sea rescue operation by the Coast Guard yielded just two freezing survivors on a raft 14 hours later. She was bound Buffington Harbor, IL, for Calcite, MI, and was the 2nd largest vessel ever lost on the Lakes. Vessel owners and insurance companies claimed for years that she was simply overwhelmed by the storm, and didnít break in two, but dives in the spring of 1997 confirmed that she had, thereby proving that it was hull failure rather than an act of God which killed her.
Owned by the Bradley Fleet. Her homeport of Rogers City, MI was also the home of 33 of her crew.|
|Date of Loss:||1958, Nov 18|
|Place of Loss:||By Beaver Island in north part of Lake Michgan|
|Vessel Cargo:||In ballast (empty at the time it went down carrying only water for ballast)|
|Lives Loss:||33 of 35|
|References:||Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze|