Shipping on the Great Lakes has a long and complicated history. To accommodate the growing need for bulk cargo, shipping changed from sail to steam, ships grew larger and construction materials evolved. This all culminated in the construction of the largest ship the Lakes had ever seen in 1957: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald had a prolific career and set many records, even after larger ships were built. The Fitzgerald was lost tragically on November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior. To this day, the ultimate cause of the wreck remains a mystery. The question of what sank the Fitzgerald has been studied and debated for forty years. However, knowing the answer won't change what happened to the 29 crew members aboard at the time of her loss.
The speaker will be Ellen Kennedy who is the Education Manager at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. She received a Master's Degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She joined the team at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in June of 2015 and is honored to be able to introduce people to the fascinating history of the Great Lakes.