FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2007
For More Information:
Meverden, Marine Archaeologist,
John Broihahn, State Archaeologist,
John Karl, Science Writer, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, (608) 263-8621
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“Christmas Tree Ship” Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Tree Ship,” a three-masted schooner built in
The Christmas tree ship now rests 165 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, 12 miles northeast of Two Rivers. The vessel lies upright, her hold still filled with the needleless skeletons of more than 5,000 pine trees.
The Rouse Simmons has become the stuff of
myth and legend on the
Marine archaeologists at the Wisconsin Historical Society led a team of volunteer divers in surveying the wreck site in 2006. The resulting documentation bolstered its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Such work by Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists and other volunteer divers has resulted in 27 shipwreck sites being listed on the National Register – more than any other state.
the National Register helps protect these important artifacts of
The survey was supported by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.
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