Larry Clark, Austin, Texas
Larry built a 1/192 scale Edmund Fitzgerald as it appeared on Nov. 10, 1975, when the ore carrier sank at the east end of Lake Superior, just a few miles from the safety of Whitefish Bay, with the loss of all 29 hands. The model is in memory of his wife’s uncle, Freddie Beetcher, one of the crew. “My wife and I grew up in Superior, Wis., and her father and several uncles were Great Lakes seamen,” Larry says. The hull is layered basswood; deck details and houses are built from styrene. “Crowning the deck was the most difficult part,” he says. He also used aftermarket anchors, screws, and photoetched-metal railings, and adds details whenever he discovers new or better photos.
A documentary set out to prove the cause of the sinking was a rouge wave and not the hatches neglected to be secured properly. Excellent job scratch building the Fitzgerald.
Very nice build!
Pretty cool. Great original build of this tragic ship.
Very, very nice model of such a fine ship. I watched her travel up and down the Detroit river for many years before her lost. She would always blow her horn when passing us fishing at West park next to the Ambassador Bridge. You did a wonderful job bringing her back to life.