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Edmund Fitzgerald Artifact Found
(2007-08-08)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - An apple farmer and his family believe they've
found a life ring from the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Grand Rapids area resident Joe Rasch says he spotted the ring
last week while vacationing in the Upper Peninsula's Keweenaw
Peninsula.
The ring was found roughly 200 miles from where the famed ore
carrier sank in Lake Superior 32 years ago during a vicious storm.
Twenty-nine crew members were killed.
The orange preserver is worn by the elements. It reads "Edmund
Fitzgerald" in faded but mostly legible white letters.
No definitive tests had been conducted to prove it's a piece of
the ship.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society executive director Tom
Farnquist says it matches in many ways another ring in its
Fitzgerald collection.
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