Prologue Magazine: The Christmas Tree Ship

Prologue Magazine is a quarterly published by the National Archives and Records, filled with stories based on information in regional archives and the Presidential libraries. This story talks about the discovery in 2006 of one of the ships on the Great Lakes that brought trees into Chicago and other ports on Lake Michigan to sell as Christmas trees. Not only do you learn about shipping on the Great Lakes and the Christmas tree ships in general, you will also find out about one of the great captains, Herman Schuenemann, and the ship wreck that cost him his life. This little slice of American history brings to life real people that you seldom find out about in reading American history text books.

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