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History in the bay

March 31, 2014
Daily Press
Holly Richer | Daily Press
The Erika Kobasic tug was at work on Little Bay de Noc last week helping a ship that once witnessed one of the tragic moments in Great Lakes maritime history — the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Above, the icebreaking tug can be seen through the mist as it moves alongside the stern of the Arthur M. Anderson bulk carrier near the municipal dock in Escanaba. The Arthur M. Anderson was a witness to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. On Nov. 10, 1975, the Arthur M. Anderson was traveling with the Edmund Fitzgerald in a storm on Lake Superior off Whitefish Bay. The Arthur M. Anderson was the last ship to have visual contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Anderson lost sight of the Fitzgerald’s lights in a squall; then the Fitzgerald disappeared from the Anderson’s radar screen. The Fitzgerald sank with no survivors. The Anderson continues to sail as part of the Great Lakes Fleet.


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