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Historical society paying tribute on anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald wreck

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

On Nov. 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior.

Ric Mixter is a former WNEM TV-5 photojournalist who actually went down in a submersible and took video of the Edmund Fitzgerald back in 1994. 

He said he'll never forget what he saw more than five hundred feet under the surface.

"We were lost in the beginning then hit right in the bow and you could see the devastation with blankets hanging out of the windows and the radio telephone hanging out of the window," Mixter said. "And to see the damage with all the dents on it from hitting the bottom and going through that storm it was pretty amazing."

The Frankenmuth Historical museum is paying tribute to this anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the subsequent loss of its 29-man crew.  Among the items on display will be equipment such as the camera that Mixter used on his dive to the wreck.

Also part of this exhibit, is the iron ore that was being carried by the Edmund Fitzgerald when it went down. 

"This is an attempt by the historical association here in Frankenmuth to commemorate that in a way that is respectful to those who lost their lives but also talks about what a wonderful ship the Edmund Fitzgerald actually was," said Jonathan Webb.

Mixter can't put out of his mind what it was like seeing the final resting place of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

"It was kind of a weird, emotions, and for a kid who had never been in a submarine before it was pretty amazing," Mixter said.

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