Map of Time | A Trip Into the Past

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic pretty much overshadowed the anniversary of other tragic sinkings this year. With all the publicity the Rouse Simmons didn’t have much of a chance at making national headlines. Thanks goes to Mary K. Doyle at Midwest Mary for bringing the schooner Rouse Simmons to my attention. Mary was kind enough to send me a newspaper article regarding the “Christmas Tree Ships” of the Great Lakes.

Built in 1868 the Rouse Simmons was destined for fame and notoriety. While operating as a “Christmas tree ship” in the early 1900s she was a bit of a novelty. Steamers had, for the most part, replaced the old ships of sail on the Great Lakes and on the high seas. The Simmons was captained by Herman Schuenemann, an enterprising businessman with an eye for marketing. It would have been easier to have shipped the thousands…

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