In what's become a running theme on the show lately, today's episode is a frequent listener request ... and one that's a lot sadder than we realized before we got into it. For many years, sail-powered shipping dominated the Great Lakes region of the United States. As steam power took over, the sailing ships that carried on mostly hauled lumber. And, for a very few, that extended into carrying Christmas trees, much later in the season than other shipping operations. The Rouse Simmons was one of those. It sank in 1912 while hauling thousands of trees - and, sadly, all aboard were lost.
Our listener mail is from Thomas following our episode on the submarine S-5.
For more knowledge: How Christmas Trees Work
Episode link: Christmas Tree Ship
- Chicago Christmas Tree Ship. "History: The Original Christmas Tree Ship." http://christmasship.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=27
- Great Lakes Monitoring. "The Fate of the Christmas Tree Ship."U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 6/26/2012. http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/monitoring/great_minds_great_lakes/history/christmas_tree.html
- Grimes, Pam and Steve Sanders. "The Story of Chicago's Christmas Tree Ship." WGN. 12/24/2013. http://wgntv.com/2013/12/24/the-story-of-chicagos-christmas-tree-ship/
- Gurda, John. "'Christmas tree ship' went down on the lake 100 years ago." Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel. 12/1/2012. www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/christmas-tree-ship-went-down-on-the-lake-100-years-ago-427qj7i-181617871.html
- History.com staff. "History of Christmas Trees." History.com http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees
- Longacre, Glenn V. "The Christmas Tree Ship: Captain Herman E. Schuenemann and the Schooner Rouse Simmons." Prologue. Winter 2006, Vol. 38, No. 4. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/winter/christmas-tree.html
- Schmidt, John R. "The Christmas Tree Ships." WBEZ. 11/22/2011. http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-22/christmas-tree-ships-94161
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