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Cutter Mackinaw to mark 20th Chicago Christmas Ship anniversary

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) delivers Christmas trees from northern Michigan to Chicago every year as a part of Chicago’s Christmas Ship program. The one-of-a-kind icebreaker and its predecessor, USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83), have delivered more than 25,000 Christmas trees to Chicago families in the past 20 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. John M. Stone.

Continuing a 20-year tradition, the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will deliver 1,200 Christmas trees as part of Chicago’s Christmas Ship program. The annual tree delivery dates back more than a century when brothers August and Herman Schuenemann sold and gave away Christmas trees from the Chicago waterfront.

‘Christmas Ship’ returns to Chicago

Mackinaw

Loaded with more than 1,300 Christmas trees from northern Michigan, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw once again served as Chicago’s Christmas Ship, continuing a tradition from the late 1800s in Chicago and resurrected 13 years ago. The original Christmas Ship, the schooner Rousse Simmons, made the same transit down Lake Michigan each year, bringing trees and wreaths to the people of Chicago. Setting up shop along the Chicago River in downtown, Capt. Herman Shuenamann and his crew became a well known and expected group as each Christmas season neared.

Not your average sleigh

“Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alder, homeported in Duluth, Minn., load pallets of Christmas trees on the shipâ’s buoy deck for delivery to deserving Chicago-area families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. With a Christmas tree tied to its mast and lights

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Cutter Mackinaw continues “Christmas Ship” tradition

Post written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arrives at Navy Pier carrying more than 1,200 Christmas trees destined for deserving Chicago families. The trees were offloaded by volunteers from groups including the Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts and Young Marines before being distributed to familes selected by the Ada S.

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