The 9th annual “A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald” begins with a multi-sensory and multi-media tribute hosted by artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast, Thomas Paul Asklar, who will commemorate the 47th anniversary of the disaster.
The brief presentation by Asklar explains the ship’s history, the timeline of the tragedy, and theories of its destruction. A tolling of the bell will honor each soul of the 29 crew members. Artifacts will be displayed, and Jim Rankin will provide bagpipe tribute.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald, also known as the “Mighty Fitz”, 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.
Songs with a nautical theme, as well as music from the Fitz era will be performed by Bruce Wojick, Jamie Holka, Dave Thurman and special guest Jeremy Hoyle, lead singer of Strictly Hip. The centerpiece will be Gordon Lightfoot’s most famous musical tribute, the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.
The event showcases models by “Commodeore” Justin Higner, founder of Higner Maritime Artworks-a mixed-media and environmentally friendly collection of ocean liner / cruise ship and cargo-themed ships dating back to 1994. Each ship carries a cultural theme, is illuminated and decorated with local and international artists within.