Coast Guard carries on Lake Michigan Christmas tree delivery - – Rockford’s News Leader

Coast Guard carries on Lake Michigan Christmas tree delivery


A Coast Guard ship based out of Michigan will carry on a tradition that's over 100 years old when it delivers Christmas trees across Lake Michigan to Chicago this week.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will be carrying on a tradition started in the late 1800s by Herman Schuenemann, who captained ships carrying the Christmas trees from Michigan to Chicago. Schuenemann carried on the practice for over 30 years until his ship sank in 1912, killing him and over a dozen crew members.

For the past 14 years, the boating community in Chicago has organized tree deliveries, partly to honor Schuenemann and his crew. This year, the Mackinaw will deliver over 1,200 Christmas trees.

The boat should arrive in Chicago Friday morning. On its way, crew members will drop a wreath into the waters where Schuenemann's ship went down


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