Originally I was going to title this "Set your sails in Algoma", but after checking the name of the park where this was taken I changed my mind.

This sailboat is not just a sailboat Christmas decoration at the entrance of the Ahnapee River, but a symbol of the Christmas Tree Ships that past this point in the 1800's and early 1900's. There were 52 schooners that past this point during the time that Christmas Tree Ships traveled Lake Michigan. One of them was the ship Rouse Simmons, a 123 foot, 205-ton, three-masted schooner. Its captain was Herman E. Schuenemann (Captain Santa) from Algoma (named then Ahnapee). The ship disappeared in the waters of Lake Michigan in November of 1912 as it made its journey from Thompson, Michigan to Chicago. The ship was carrying the Christmas Tree cargo that Captain Schuenemann and his family would sell from the ships' berth at the Clark Street docks along the Chicago River.

For more information about Captain Schuenemann and the ship, a lengthy article is in the NATIONAL ARCHIVES. You will find out there where the ship sunk.

This was pretty much the beginning of the end of the Christmas Tree Schooners, as by 1920 the trees were no longer being delivered by ship to Chicago.

Attach an invitation!

Janice Adomeit Janice Adomeit

Taken 5:22 PM on February 24, 2014
Uploaded 12:45 PM on March 12, 2014
Posted in Newsworthy
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