Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-18
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Shipsbrings the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes to life, using the tragic story of the schooner Rouse Simmons as a porthole into the robust but often forgotten communities that thrived along Lake Michigan from the Civil War to World War I. Memorialized in songs, poems, fiction, and even a musical, the infamous ship that went down in a Thanksgiving storm while delivering Christmas trees to Chicago has long been shrouded in myth and legend. As a result, the larger story of the captain, crew, and affected communities has often been overlooked. Fred Neuschel delves into this everyday life of camaraderie, drudgery, ambition, and adventurewith tales of the Midwest's burgeoning immigrant groups and rapid industrializationto create a true story that is even more fascinating than the celebrated legends.

Author Biography

Fred Neuschel was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and lives with his wife in Crystal Lake, Illinois. His previous historical work has been published in Inland Seas, Voyageur, Chicago History, and Wisconsin Magazine of History.

Table of Contents

The Disappearance of the Schooner Rouse Simmonsp. 1
Lake Michigan Short-Haul Sailorsp. 18
The Sailors' School of Hard Knocksp. 34
Ahnapee, Wisconsin-a Maritime Communityp. 49
The Clique Takes Controlp. 65
Sailors in the Battle for the Harborp. 79
Ahnapee's Golden Decadep. 92
Captain McDonald, Fortune Seekerp. 107
Captain Armstrong: Working for "the Man"p. 119
The End of the Maritime Communityp. 133
The Last of the Short-Haul Sailorsp. 144
The Schuenemann Brothersp. 155
Herman Schuenemann Becomes Captain Santap. 171
Lies, Mistakes, and Hoaxp. 185
Unseaworthyp. 201
A Story to Pass Onp. 213
Vessels That Engaged in the Christmas Tree Trade on Lake Michigan, 1876-1920p. 220
Captains Who Engaged in the Christmas Tree Trade on Lake Michiganp. 227
Newspaper Reports of Vessels Used by or on Behalf of August or Herman Schuenemannp. 229
Notesp. 235
Sourcesp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Indexp. 271
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