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The Christmas Tree Ship

by Jeanette Winter

Published by Philomel, 1994
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-22693-1

Ages 5-9

For 25 years, beginning in 1887, Captain Herman Schuenemann cut evergreens to load in a ship he then sailed south on Lake Michigan from Manistique, Michigan, to Chicago. In 1912, a bottle washed up on the Wisconsin shore containing Captain Herman's message to his wife Hannah and their girls about a storm's severity, confirming his death and the loss of the ship. For 22 more years, Hannah Schuenemann and her three daughters continued to sail to Chicago bringing trees in time for Christmas. Based on a true event and real people, a relatively small (9 1/4 x 8 3/4") full-color picture book briefly relays this amazing piece of Great Lakes history. CCBC categories: Seasons And Celebrations; Picture Books; Historical People, Places And Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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