It was in the late 1800s that Herman Schuenemann
(SHOO'-nay-mehn) captained ships carrying evergreens from
Michigan to Chicago. He carried on that tradition for three
decades until his Christmas ship sank in 1912, killing him and
more than a dozen crew members.
Chicago's boating community has been organizing Christmas tree
deliveries for 14 years, in part, to honor Schuenemann and his
This year, the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will haul more than
1,200 Christmas trees across the lake. It's scheduled to arrive
in Chicago on Friday morning.
En route, it'll pay tribute to Schuenemann and his crew by
dropping a wreath into waters where their ship went down.
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