The wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald during the night of November 10, 1975, just off Whitefish Point, is probably Lake Superior’s best known and most mysterious shipwreck.
However, as a trip to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at the Point reveals, it is one of over 240 wrecks between 1816 and 1975 at Whitefish Point alone, and of tens of thousands throughout the Great Lakes.
One storm, in November 1913, claimed over 20 ships in just four days.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (18335 N Whitefish Point Rd) provides a fascinating chronology of the more significant wrecks in a fascinating, absorbing, and respectful setting. It is located at the tip of Whitefish Point on M-123 north from Paradise, Michigan.
Start your visit with a viewing of the 20-minute Discovery Channel film “Mystery of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” which perfectly prepares you to view the rest of the museum mindful of the men and their families whose tragic losses are depicted in the stunning exhibits of the main Shipwreck Museum Building.
Here, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald’s ship’s bell is displayed, along with models of it and other major ships lost in the Great Lakes.
Artifacts from each wreck are displayed alongside news stories and personal accounts from the people involved; towering over the entire display is a massive second-order Fresnel lens from the White Shoal lighthouse.
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