Waterville Historical Society

your connection to the past

The Waterville Historical Society collects, preserves, provides access to, interprets and fosters an appreciation of history that has an impact on the Waterville, Ohio and surrounding area.

Back to All Events

The Edmund Fitzgerald: What Really Happened

  • Wakeman Hall 401 Farnsorth Road Waterville, OH 43566 (map)

    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.

Earlier Event: October 16
Dine2Donate at Granite City
Later Event: November 19
An Appraisal and Buying Event

P.O. Box 263,  Waterville, OH  43566            whs43566@outlook.com

Site by T3m ltd.    All images are intended for research use only.  Please respect any limitations of their original copyright holders.