The Door County Maritime Museum has a special event coming up that I’m sure I’ll be attending, being from Algoma and all. Why don’t you join me?
Join us to hear Rochelle Pennington, the author of The Christmas Tree Ship.
Pennington’s verbal presentation will focus on many of the little-known facts surrounding the story including the ship’s mysterious disappearance, clues washed ashore in the decades following the vessel’s demise, ghost ship sightings of the phantom schooner, and mysterious omens believed to have cursed the ship immediately before it set sail on its final voyage on November 22, 1912.
Pennington’s power-point presentation will include many of the century-old photographs of Captain Schuenemann, his family, and the ship. In addition, the author will have several artifacts along with her to share with the audience: an axe used to chop trees down, dishes, a spittoon, a clay pipe, an ornament carved from one of the first Christmas trees raised from the sunken ship in 1971 when the vessel was discovered, and an actual Christmas tree from the cargo. Underwater photos of the ship in its present state, with trees still visible in the cargo area, will be on display as well.
“Author Rochelle Pennington has written two books detailing one of the most well-known shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan‘s Christmas Tree Ship, which delivered holiday evergreens to the citizens of Chicago each Chirstmas season before it was caught in the “Great Storm of 1912″ and subsequently went to the bottom of the lake fully loaded with trees.”
She will be with us at 2:00 pm on June 24, 2012 at the Museum to do a presentation. Pennington will also be signing books. Copies of both Rochelle’s books, The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa and The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope and Love are available in our Museum store.
Get more here: Christmas Tree Ship Presentation | Door County Maritime Museum.