Sailing into Eternity

The Christmas Tree Ship

Sailing into Eternity ~ Click "Enjoy the view" above for full photo.

One hundred years ago, Christmas trees were delivered from northern Wisconsin to cities throughout the state and Illinois by schooner. The schooner Rouse Simmons was loaded with 5,000 Christmas trees and bound for Chicago when she encountered a violent winter gale. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to withstand the waves, wind and ice and she sank off the coast of Two Rivers on November 22, 1912.

To commemorate the schooner, also known as the Christmas Tree Ship, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the Door County Maritime Museum are celebrating Christmas the entire year.

Yuletide Cargo
  • An exhibition of Christmas Tree Ship paintings by maritime artist Eric Forsberg will be on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, beginning June 22.
  • Rochelle Pennington, a best-selling author and lively storyteller, will host special Christmas Tree Ship conversations on Saturday, June 23 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Sunday, June 24 at the Door County Maritime Museum.
  • Visitors will find commemorative ornaments, books on the Christmas Tree Ship and more under Christmas trees in the museum gift shops.

And, don’t miss Rogers Street Fishing Village in Two Rivers. The museum has an entire Christmas Tree Ship exhibit that includes the ship’s wheel and other significant artifacts, period newspaper articles and a video that documents the discovery of the shipwreck in 1971.

Plus, visit the village November 23-24 for a special weekend – performances of The Christmas Schooner, village tours, Christmas tea, carols, a tree lighting ceremony, parade and more.


Please visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum & the Door County Maritime Museum

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