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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Edmund Fitzgerald

Ship owner: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Columbia Steamship Co., operators)

Ship builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works

Engine builder: Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Year ship built: 1958

Year engine built: 1958

Final disposition: Disappeared in heavy storm, 12 miles northwest of Whitefish Pt., November 10, 1975. 29 lives. Has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries, and the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Canadian folk singer, Gordon Lightfoot.


Launched, June 7,1958.



Length shown is keel length, overall length - 729 ft. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee was the official owner, Columbia Trans. [Oglebay-Norton Managers] operated the vessel.

Registry number: US. 277437

Hull number: 301

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter

Height: 33.4 ft.

Width: 75.1 ft.

Length: 711.2 ft.

Gross tonnage: 13632

Net tonnage: 8713

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Turbine

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