Store Category: Lost Ships. 2014 – Lost Ships in Canadian Waters – S. One of the worst seas I’ve ever been in. McSorley, Captain of S. Immortalized in a popular and well-loved ballad, the legendary story of a freighter’s quest to withstand an extreme storm still resonates today. Caught in a “Witch of November” on November 10, 1975, the American freighter S. But under the cover of darkness, cloaked by the raging snow squall, one of the largest vessels of her kind suddenly and quietly slipped beneath the cold waters of Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay, Ontario, taking with her all 29 of her crew. A prestigious addition to your Canadiana, history, or commemorative display! EDGE LETTERING: The words S. Third coin in a series that commemorates well-known vessels that have been lost in Canadian waters, and the stories that have emerged from the events surrounding their final fate. Expertly crafted in 99.99% pure silver, this coin commemorates the anniversary of the loss of the. Selective colour sets the tone in this artistic rendering of one of the worst maritime disasters in Canadian waters. Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited mintage worldwide. About the Design: Designed by Canadian artist John Horton, your coin uses full colour over detailed engraving to recreate the marine conditions of that fateful evening in 1975 as S. Struggles in its quest to beat the fearsome winter storm. S red and white bow and sweeping across the deck of the cargo-laden freighter. Framing this dramatic scene is the engraved outline of the Canadian shoreline of southeastern Lake Superior, where the. Hoped the Canadian highlands would provide some refuge from the worst of the storm; instead, those very waters would become the final resting place for the legendary vessel and her entire crew. Did you know Immortalized in a famous ballad, the legendary story of a freighter’s quest to withstand an extreme storm still resonates today. Endured what many believe to be some of the harshest winter storm conditions in recent memory on the Great Lakes. Sailed out of Superior, Wisconsin, at 2:15 p. On November 9, 1975 with a full cargo of iron ore pellets destined for Detroit, Michigan. The weather had been mild and the waters calm, but forecasters were tracking a storm moving in from the Plains; joined by S. Both ships opted to alter their course closer to the Canadian shoreline, where it was hoped the Canadian highlands would offer some protection from the brunt of the storm. But by 1 a. On the morning of November 10, the. Recorded winds of 52 knots (96 km/h) and waves measuring 3 metres high. Conditions only grew worse: at 3:15 p. Captain Jesse Cooper of the. Round Caribou Island, where it seemed to skirt close to Six Fathom Shoal; 15 minutes later, the. Received a radio transmission from the. Indicating that the vessel had taken on water and had developed a list, while reporting the loss of two vent covers and a guard rail. Lost both radars and became dependent on the. To guide her through the rough waters; but a snow squall with winds at more than 100 km/h cloaked the. In the evening’s darkness, which meant she was no longer visible to the. In a radio transmission made at 7:10 p. Was faring, to which Captain Ernest McSorley answered “We are holding our own”tragically, these would be the last words heard from any of the. S 29 crew members. Between 7:20 p. And 7:30 p. Suddenly and quietly slipped beneath the frigid waters of Lake Superior, just 27 km from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, and in Canadian waters that measured 160 metres deep. During the ensuing three-day search and rescue operations, vessels such as S. Assisted in the search for survivors on both sides of the lake; the Canadian Coast Guard deployed its aircraft to survey from the air, while the Ontario Provincial Police organized a beach patrol along the lake’s eastern shore in the hope of finding survivorsbut none were ever found. S tragic defeat in her quest for a safe passage through a raging winter storm. At 222 m, it was designed to measure just shy of the maximum length allowed to pass through the yet-unfinished St. Lawrence Seaway and the locks at Sault Ste. Marie; at the time of its launch, it was considered the largest freshwater freighter vessel to ever sail the Great Lakes. Did not go quite as smoothly as planned: it took three tries to smash the champagne bottle that christened her, the launch was delayed by more than a half-hour when the launch crew struggled to release the keel blocks, and then the vessel crashed into a pier. Marie (known as the Soo Locks) in one season. A typical round trip for the. Usually took five days as it sailed between Superior, Wisconsin, to Detroit, Michigan, and back, averaging roughly 47 of these round trips each season. By November 1975, the. Had sailed approximately 748 round trips, or a distance that would amount to roughly 44 trips around the world. Packaging: Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a graphic beauty box. 99.99% pure silver. Plain with edge lettering. I do leave feedback for everyone. The item “2015 Lost Ships in Canadian Waters S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald $20 Pure Silver Coin” is in sale since Thursday, May 18, 2017. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “coins.4.fun” and is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Certification: Uncertified
- Grade: Ungraded
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated
- Country of Manufacture: Canada