Mid-Lake Michigan: Rouse Simmons

Photographed  April 4, 2015
The Wisconsin History Tour
History Museum at the Castle
Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
44.262167,-88.401448
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MID-LAKE MICHIGAN ROUSE SIMMONS
Type: Wooden Schoner, 3-masted
Built: 1868, Allen, McClelland & Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sank: November 23, 1912
Legth: 125.5' Beam: 27.6'
Cargo: Christmas Trees
Depth: 165'
Lives Lost: 16

ROUSE SIMMONS
MID-LAKE MICHIGAN
On November 22, 1912, the Rouse Simmons set out on Lake Michigan from Thompson, Michigan, with Christmas trees destined for Chicago homes. On her second day out, she encountered a violent storm hear Two Rivers. Workers at the Kewaunee Life-Saving Station spotted Rouse Simmons flying a distress flag, but by the time help arrived, the ship, along with all the crew and cargo, had disappeared.

Today the Rouse Simmons lies 165 feet below the waters. For many years after sinking, Christmas trees from the sunken vessel washed up on shore. Today she is celebrated in songs, stories and plays and is fondly remembered as the "Christmas Tree Ship."
"The Wisconsin History Tour" is located at The History Museum at the Castle on westbound East College Avenue, at its intersection with North Drew Street, at 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911.

"The Wisconsin History Tour" is located at The History Museum at the Castle from March 17 through April 30, 2015. It moves each moth to a different Wisconsin city, and includes an exhibit of "historic photographs, documents and stories about the Wisconsin community hosting the Tour".

"What Lies Beneath" provides a sampling of the history of four shipwrecks that have occurred in Wisconsin waters. Apart from "The Wisconsin History Tour", the Wisconsin Historical Society has placed historical markers at many shipwreck sites. Those markers are included in the Wisconsin's Maritime Trails: Historical Markers series

"What Lies Beneath: Discover What's Below Our Wisconsin Waves" exhibit.

See also these related markers / sites:


"What Lies Beneath: Discover What's Below Our Wisconsin Waves" exhibit.

This exhibit is part of the traveling "The Wisconsin History Tour".


from March 17 through April 30, 2015.

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