The items in this series all have to do with the ship the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior on November 10th, 1975. The recordings concern the 1994 expedition led by Dr. MacInnis and his team’s efforts to find an answer for the demise of the vessel. Included are all stages of the cinematic process from raw footage to feature length films, as well as television and radio interviews about the ship and the process of recording the ship.
This tape consists of unedited underwater footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck, captured with a video camera mounted on a submersible. The Edmund Fitzgerald's wheel house and debris in the wheel house area, the port side of her hull, her propeller, and a lifeboat line are all visible. The submersible is also seen using a remote arm to collect unidentified items from the lake floor.
This tape contains unedited underwater footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck, taken from a camera mounted on a submersible. Most of the footage consists of exploring the bow of the ship and the pilot house. The ship's wheel and anchor are visible.
This tape contains unedited, underwater footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck from a camera mounted on the submersible. At the start of the tape, the wheel house and collapsed deck are visible, although the divers are looking for the stern of the ship, which is eventually found.
This tape contains unedited, underwater footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald, taken from a camera mounted on the submersible. Most of the dive is spent on the debris field in between the bow and stern segments of the ship. The divers collect clay samples from the lake floor with the submersible's remote arm.
The footage on this tape was taken on the ships HMCS Cormorant and Anglian Lady during the project to recover the Edmund Fitzgerald's bell (to be housed at the Whitefish Point memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum) and install a replacement bell, inscribed with the names of the lost crew members, on the wreck. On the Cormorant, crew members are seen at the controls, communicating with pilot and observer(s) in a manned submersible, either the SDL or the Pisces. After the sub was recovered onto the Cormorant, interviews were conducted with a representative from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Cormorant's Senior Diving Officer about the significance of recovering the bell. The footage from the Anglian Lady is primarily of the recovery of the Edmund Fitzgerald bell and the Newt Suit diver who retrieved it.
Captured at Port Dover, on the coast of Lake Eerie, Ontario Canada. This recording is raw footage with director’s comments while directing the shots of the large freighter/container ship the Seaway Queen and surrounding area. Included are shots of the ship docking, interiors and exteriors, the crew loading cargo, possibly grain, landscape and surrounding areas including the town, neighbouring boats including the ship Joshan and crew, and shots of the ship sailing away, heading into dawn.
Captured on Lake Huron, Ontario Canada.This recording is raw footage with director’s comments while directing the shots of the large freighter/container ship the Seaway Queen and surrounding area. Includes shots of the winds and water during a storm.
This tape consists of four separate segments of unrelated, unedited footage. The first shows an unidentified industrial interior (probably a ship) and lasts approximately two minutes. The second portion contains 28 minutes of footage of a woman being directed to walk around the exterior of the ship Mapleglen in a ship yard. The third segment was filmed on the HCMS Cormorant and shows the replacement bell for the Edmund Fitzgerald (inscribed with the names of the lost crew members), and a group of schoolchildren being told about the wreck and the significance of the bell. It is six minutes and 46 seconds long. Lastly, the fourth segment contains footage of a nighttime submersible launch, as well as footage of a Newt Suit on board a ship.
This tape contains unedited footage taken on board a ship (most likely either the Edwin Link or HCMS Cormorant), recording the launch of a Newt Suit dive to the Edmund Fitzgerald to retrieve the Edmund Fitzgerald's bell, which is hauled aboard the ship.
Tape contains different segments of footage: most of it (1 hr. 16 min.) from a dive to the Edmund Fitzgerald. Highlights of this portion show the wheelhouse and the ship's name. There is about 10 seconds of interview footage. Following this is 5 minutes of footage of the launch of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The tape ends with 2 minutes of still and moving images of the Edmund Fitzgerald before the wreck.
Joseph MacInnis appeared on Canada AM in 1994 to discuss the expedition to the Edmund Fitzgerald. He was interviewed about the circumstances of the Fitzgerald shipwreck, the expedition to the wreck, and how the expedition fits into his research on pollution in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.