Chicago's Christmas Tree Ship re-enacts 100-year tradition

November 30, 2012

Alma Bahman

Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee and the U.S. Coast Guard delivered 1,300 Christmas trees from Cheboygan, Mich. to needy families in Chicago Friday. The Cutter Mackinaw plays the role of the Christmas Ship, re-enacting an annual tradition from the 1800s by Captain Herman Scheunemann. He delivered Christmas trees on his schooner, the Rouse Simmons, until he and his crew perished in a storm in November 1912. This delivery marks the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.