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BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald

Bodies on the Fitzgerald?

The revelations about the lost bodies from the Two Harbors diver raised many questions about what happened to the men who went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald. Where are they now? From the many official videos I had seen over the years, the camera seemed shy of peering into the wheelhouse but lingered a few feet away. Broken glass was no problem for the camera's entry for there was no glass that I could see -- it had been only ordinary household- type glass and had shattered quickly in the quick plunge of the Fitz at speeds up to 28 mph. down into the depths some 550 feet below. But a private diving expedition began to dispel the mystery when a published pictured showed a man's body in the muck beside the Fitz, face down and wearing a personal floatation device which had failed in the depths. Adding to the mystery was the fact that the port side wheelhouse door was dogged (locked) in an open position, which surely must have happened after the big boat was at rest in the depths. During the horrific storm on the surface, of course, the door had been locked shut. This leaves the only conclusion possible: that at least one person was alive after the Fitz went down, dogged open the door, and stepped out to his doom. His PDF was crushed by the depths and he sank and drowned not far from his vessel. It also raises the question of what happened to the other wheelhouse crew members. Several captains told me the others are still down there, probably swept to the aft (back) section of the wheelhouse and they now rest probably for all eternity beneath the aft chart table. The Two Harbor diver's revelation I had just heard -- that bodies are preserved in the cold, dark waters of Superior -- suggests that for some reason government intervention prevented the information from getting out. Why?

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