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Saturday Learning Series: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: The Ship, the Storm, and the Song
April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree – $5.00
Join us at this unique program that brings a new perspective to one of the Great Lakes most famous shipwrecks- Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains one of the most mysterious and controversial shipwreck tales heard around the Great Lakes. Only that of the Titanic surpasses her story in books, film and media. The Edmund Fitzgerald Storm (November 9-10, 1975) achieved grisly fame through its association with the sinking of the mammoth ore freighter and the loss of its 29 crew members. The folksinger Gordon Lightfoot inspired popular interest in this vessel with his 1976 ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” This presentation will look at the weather associated with the sinking of the ship and how the sequence aligns with Lightfoot’s ballad.
Steve Ackerman, Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at UW-Madison, will present at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum on his analysis of the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the sailors on Lake Superior the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
This program is a part of our Saturday Learning Series. The program is $5 and always free for members.