Rouse Simmons "Christmas Tree Ship"This is the famous "Christmas Tree Ship" known for carrying northern Michigan evergreen trees packed into her holds and on deck for the Christmas Chicago market each season.
|Vessel Built:||1868, Allen, McClelland & Co., Milwaukee|
|Vessel Specifications:||123x28x8, 205g 195n|
|Type of Vessel:||Scooner, Three-Master|
|Depth to Deck:||157 ft (47m)|
|Depth to Bottom:||165 ft (50m)|
|How it Sunk:||The famous "Christmas Tree Ship" was on her last trip of the season when she sailed out from Manistique, overloaded, into the teeth of a blizzard-gale. She had her regular crew plus about 10 lumberjacks aboard. She was overwhelmed and sunk off Kewaunee. She had been spotted, ice covered and in distress, farther to the north, and several boats, including one from C.G., had tried to find her.
Wreck located 1971 in 180' near Rawley Pt.|
|Date of Loss:||1912, Nov 26|
|Place of Loss:||Off Kewaunee, WI|
|Vessel Cargo:||Christmas trees|
|Lives Loss:||17 of 17|
|References:||Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze|