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Pressroom Podcast: Lake Superior shipwrecks

People explore the wreck of the freighter Mataafa just offshore from Duluth in the winter of 1905-06. The ship ran aground in a storm on Nov. 28, 1905, with the loss of nine of her crew of 24. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives and Special Collections at UMD)1 / 4
The Edmund Fitzgerald leaves port through the Duluth ship canal in this undated photograph. The wreck of the Fitz -- on Nov. 10, 1975, in a ferocious gale -- claimed the lives of 29 crewmen, many from Northland communities. (Courtesy UWS archives)2 / 4
Six of the eight tugs that worked to free the grounded freighter Socrates are shown on Nov. 22, 1985, off Park Point in Duluth. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)3 / 4
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We are coming up on the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a shipwreck many people know about. But do you know about the Mataafa, or the Socrates, or the two French minesweepers that went missing after leaving port in what is now modern day Thunder Bay?

With the Gales of November upon us, Duluth News Tribune editor Andrew Krueger, who accidentally became our resident shipwreck writer and historian, joins us this week to talk about a few of the Lake Superior and Great Lakes shipwrecks you may not know about. The crew also sneaks in some ghost ship chatter, including the mysterious whereabouts of the 1902 freighter the Bannockburn.

What we are into this week: The Netflix TV show “Longmire,” the Pressroom Podcast (that’s what people say when they’ve missed a handful of recordings), season two of “Stranger Things,” and beach glass hunting.

Tune in every week to hear Duluth News Tribune reporters Brady Slater, Christa Lawler and Tom Olsen talk about current Duluth and Northland happenings. You can email us at, call our podcast line at 218-382-NEWS or follow us on Facebook. The podcast is produced by Samantha Erkkila.

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