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S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD Lost Ships In Canadian Waters Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2015


Third coin in the Lost Ships in Canadian Waters series that commemorates well-known maritime tragedies in Canadian waters, and the stories that have emerged from the events surrounding their final fate. The third and final coin of the series revisits the tragic sinking of S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 in the waters of Lake Superior.

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SS Edmund Fitzgerald
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 8, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there.
Many theories, books, studies and expeditions have examined the cause of the sinking. The Fitzgerald might have fallen victim to the high waves of the storm, suffered structural failure, been swamped with water entering through her cargo hatches or deck, experienced topside damage, or shoaled in a shallow part of Lake Superior. The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of the best-known disasters in the history of Great Lakes shipping. Gordon Lightfoot made it the subject of his 1976 hit song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" after reading an article on the event, titled "The Cruelest Month," which Newsweek printed in its November 24, 1975 issue. Investigations into the sinking led to changes in Great Lakes shipping regulations and practices that included mandatory survival suits, depth finders, positioning systems, increased freeboard, and more frequent inspection of vessels.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse design by Canadian artist John Horton uses full colour over detailed engraving to recreate the marine conditions of that fateful evening in 1975 as S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald struggles in its quest to beat the fearsome winter storm. In the ship’s final hour at sea, hurricane-force winds have driven the turbulent waters of Lake Superior into a frenzy, with great waves crashing against the Fitzgerald’s red and white bow and sweeping across the deck of the cargo-laden freighter. Still, the brave crewmembers push on as the snow squall rages on, with the ship’s lights faintly glowing in the cold, dark night. Framing this dramatic scene is the engraved outline of the Canadian shoreline of southeastern Lake Superior, where the Fitzgerald 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. The words “S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD” and the outline of the ship’s anchor are engraved along the edge of the coin.