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Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story

open mike 21 Dec 08 - 12:07 AM
open mike 21 Dec 08 - 02:39 AM
catspaw49 21 Dec 08 - 02:58 AM
open mike 21 Dec 08 - 01:42 PM
open mike 21 Dec 08 - 01:44 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 21 Dec 08 - 06:00 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: open mike
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 12:07 AM

not really folklore, but a true story about ships in the great lakes bringing trees to port. One of these ships went down and the Cap'tain's wife continued the tradition of bringing trees for over 20 more years. a Song about it has been done by Lee Murdock, whose music has many nautical . http://www.leemurdock.com/

Rouse Simmons (ship):

A schooner built in Milwaukee in 1868. Because it brought Christmas trees from northern Wisconsin to Chicago each Thanksgiving, its captain, Herman Schuenemann, became affectionately known as "Captain Santa," and the Rouse Simmons became popularly known as "The Christmas Tree Ship." Fully loaded and ready to sail, the Rouse Simmons set out in a storm on Nov.23, 1912, and despite the crew's best efforts, sunk off the coast of Two Rivers in Manitowoc County. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org.

see also:

http://christmastreeship.homestead.com/

and:

http://www2.jsonline.com/news/state/Wis150/stories/0111sesqui.stm


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: open mike
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 02:39 AM

Lee Murdock has a lovely little book that goes with this c.d.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 02:58 AM

I have that as one of the stories in an excellent series on "Great Lakes Ship Wrecks and Disasters." I'm a bit surprised there aren't more songs about the Lakes at times. I mean there are some of course but considering the Lakes and their importance and all of the great tales.........Always struck me odd there were so comparitively few songs.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: open mike
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 01:42 PM

...yes like a fresh water sea there should be more shanties, etc.

Edmund Fitzgerals comes to mind

i recall the memnomic (?) to re3member the names fo the great lakes..
the initials spell out H.O.M.E.S.

i also remember a song by Chuck Hall that tells of the
ammunition ship explosion in Halifax where medics and others
from U.S. rushed to the scene to help.

http://www.halifax.ca/Community/explode.html

maybe not actually great lakes, but nautical song (no, not naughty)
with historical information.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: open mike
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 01:44 PM

oh , yeah, forgot link
http://cdbaby.com/cd/chuckhall


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Christmas Ship song and story
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 06:00 PM

This seems to be a good thread in which to re-recommend the book "Windjammers, Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors," Ivan Walton and Joe Grimm, published by Wayne State University Press in 2002.

This collection was discussed previously in thread 55718: Windjammers

It is part of the Great Lakes Books Series.


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