Christmas Tree Ship on Facebook Live Dec 12

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for a unique Blue Beacon event celebrating the cultural heritage of shipwrecks in U.S. national marine sanctuaries through the story of the Christmas Tree Ship.

Drop by the foundation’s Facebook page on Saturday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m. ET for the story of the Rouse Simmons, better known as the Christmas Tree Ship of Lake Michigan.

In addition, baker Kimberly Loy will lead the audience in baking special Christmas Tree Ship-themed cookies from home.

The wrecks that lie off Wisconsin’s Shipwreck Coast tell the story of the nation’s past and speak to the rich heritage of the Great Lakes. One of the most well known of these lost vessels is the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship. Captained by Herman Scheunemann, the Christmas Tree Ship traveled north every year to collect pine trees from Michigan and delivered them to Chicago residents. Scheunemann always donated a portion of his trees to families who were unable to purchase them, earning him the moniker “Captain Santa.” Tragically, in November of 1912, the Rouse Simmons sank with all hands in a violent winter storm off the coast of Wisconsin.

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