A painting of the Christmas Tree Schooner at the Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum in Two Rivers. The schooner, with 16 crew members, never reached Chicago. Not until 59 years later was she found in 170 feet of water off Rawley Point, her Christmas trees still stashed in her hold. The schooner remains preserved in the icy waters of Lake Michigan.

Lord Horatio Nelson's ship, the HMS Victory. Photographed in 1884

schooners, Michigan

A good overview of Michigan's nine underwater preserves that include nearly 1,900 square miles of Great Lakes bottomlands, an area nearly the size of the state of Delaware. The underwater preserves protect some of the region's most sensitive underwater resources. Shipwrecks, artifacts, and natural features attract skin and scuba divers from across the United States. They come to explore these shipwrecks and observe how the cold, fresh water of the Great Lakes preserves history. www.mupc.net

Sleeping Bear Point - Northwest Michigan

Wind Point, Michigan

North Point in Michigan

Point Betsie, Michigan....night light

Point Betsie Lighthouse -- Michigan;

Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Charlevoix Lighthouse between the frozen guard rails, Michigan

Great Lakes Lighthouses: Rawley Point Lighthouse, Rawley Point, WI Point Beach State Forest Park, (Two Rivers Point on Rawley's Point) Lake Michigan 1874

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington, MI

Big Sable Point Lighthouse - Ludington State Park - Michigan

Divers explore the bow of the schooner ROUSE SIMMONS, also known as "The Christmas Tree Ship." because Christmas ree worms grow all over it.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Mason County, Michigan ~ by Rick Lanting, via Flickr

Whitefish Point Lighthouse~Lake Superior~Michigan

Christmas Tree in Galeries Lafayette - Paris -when you compare this to the picture of the tree that used to be in the old City of Paris store in SF, you see the resemblance.

Lake Michigan sunset

Lake Michigan

North Manitou Island, MI