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The Christmas Tree Ship

Just thought I'd share one of my favorite maritime Christmas stories...

By November 22, 1912, Captain Schuennemann and his crew of lumberjack-sailors had loaded around 5,500 trees aboard the 123 foot three-masted schooner Rouse Simmons, better known as the Christmas Tree Ship. They were in Thompson Harbor near Manistique, Michigan in northern Lake Michigan. Several other ships in the area were postponing the sail down Lake Michigan because of stormy weather. Captain Schuennemann must have thought carefully about his departure window. Interestingly, some of the crew also had thoughts about the timing of the departure. Several claimed to have seen rats leaving the Rouse Simmons recently, which is a bad omen obvious to even non-sailors. Others may have been put off by the plan to leave on November 22a Friday. Read the rest of the story here.

What's your favorite maritime Christmas story?

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