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Virtual Event – Blue Beacon Series: Celebrating the Spirit of the Christmas Tree Ship

December 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us for a unique Blue Beacon event celebrating the cultural heritage of shipwrecks in our national marine sanctuaries through the story of the Christmas Tree Ship… and home baked cookies!

Pour your hot cocoa and drop by our Facebook page on Saturday, December 12th as we tell the story of the Rouse Simmons – better known as the Christmas Tree Ship of Lake Michigan – with the help of our friends at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the Christmas Tree Ship Committee. We’ll also be joined by baker Kimberly Loy, who will lead the audience in baking special Christmas Tree Ship-themed cookies right from home!


The wrecks that lie off Wisconsin’s Shipwreck Coast tell the story of our 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. Captain 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.

The history of the Great Lakes echoes loudly in the present day. These waters’ unique maritime heritage continues to connect communities across the region and beyond. Join us this holiday season to hear about the tragic fate of the Rouse Simmons, as well as its legacy of generosity that continues to today.


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December 12, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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