Lives & Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships (Hardcover)

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"Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships" brings the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes to life, using the tragic story of the schooner Rouse Simmons as a porthole into the robust but often forgotten communities that thrived along Lake Michigan from the Civil War to World War I.Memorialized in songs, poems, fiction, and even a musical, the infamous ship that went down in a Thanksgiving storm while delivering Christmas trees to Chicago has long been shrouded in myth and legend. As a result, the larger story of the captain, crew, and affected communities has often been overlooked. Fred Neuschel delves into this everyday life of camaraderie, drudgery, ambition, and adventurewith tales of the Midwest's burgeoning immigrant groups and rapid industrializationto create a true story that is even more fascinating than the celebrated legends.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780472116232
ISBN-10: 0472116231
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2007
Pages: 276
Language: English

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