Scale model of the Lake Superior ore boat Edmund Fitzgerald. Upper bow deck includes observation cabin, horn, searchlight, and liferaft. Upper stern deck includes 2 lifeboats, ladders, crane, 6 barrels, and a smokestack. The smokestack has a painted yellow star on its side. A four-wheeled metal trolley straddles the top of the mid-deck. The lower deck is surrounded by a gate made of needle head posts and wire.
November 10, 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the largest boat on the lake at that time. All 29 members of the crew were lost. Although the Coast Guard conducted an extensive and thorough search, there is no definitive reason to date for its sinking other than the weather.
Additional pictures of the Edmund Fitzgerald can be viewed online at: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2009/09/images-of-the-edmund-fitzgerald/