Shipwrecks

by ManMadeInMichigan

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released December 22, 2012

Photograph:

This is a photograph I took of the amazing painting by Eric Nils Forsberg called "Sailing Into Eternity." Eric was kind enough call me and grant permit to use his painting on my album cover. I am deeply grateful. So I encourage you to visit his site and look at all his great art work. You can purchase prints or even the original itself at this site:

www.forsbergart.com

Eric also did another painting of the Christmas Tree Ship depicted in port called "YuleTide Cargo."


Other Links:

www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/winter/christmas-tree.html

Lady Elgin
Seul Choix

www.rochellepenningtonbooks.com/christmastreeship.html

www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-22/christmas-tree-ships-94161

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These songs reflect Great Lakes themes. They include Tall Ships, Shipwrecks, Hemingway,

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Track Name: Ironsides
The Ironsides
September 15, 1873

Beyond the boundary of the shipwreck preserve
Lies a steamer whose story’s seldom heard
She cross the great lake with her passengers and freight
Until that gale arose, and she met her sister’s fate.

The Ironsides, she steams no more,
She spends the days off the Grand Haven shores,
And bids the divers “come explore.”

Captain Sweetman, tried as he might,
Couldn’t make the harbor, and finally lost the fight.
29 spared, but 20 swept away,
Thank God for the ladies who to charge of the day.

The Ironsides, she steams no more,
She spends the days off the Grand Haven shores,
And bids the divers “come explore.”

The finest work by the builders of renowned.
Majestic lines, admired by all around,
And mighty arches, that kept her structure sound.

The Ironsides, she steams no more,
She spends the years off the Grand Haven shores,
And bids the divers “come explore.”

She hasn’t seen the surface for more than a hundred years
And unaware are all those swimming near
But God remembers every soul taken here

The Ironsides, she steams no more,
She wastes away off the Grand Haven shores,
And bids the divers “come explore.”

The Ironsides, the ironsides,
The Ironsides she steams no more.

So shed a tear for the things forgotten here,
And greet her friends on Heaven’s shore.

The Ironsides, the Ironsides, the Ironsides she steams no more
The Ironsides, the Ironsides, the Ironsides she steams no more,

Ironsides forever more
Ironsides queen of our shores


Copyright © 2008 Dale Fowler

http://www.linkstothepast.com/milwaukee/marineI.php
Track Name: The Christmas Tree Ship
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The Rouse Simmons sank November 23rd, 1912. Herman Schuenemann was known as Captain Santa because he brought Christmas Trees to Chicago from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 30 years. Captain Schuenemann and his entire crew perished that day.

Photograph:

This is a photograph I took while at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum of the amazing painting by Eric Nils Forsberg called "Sailing Into Eternity." Eric called returned my call and personally gave me permission to use this image, for which I'm very grateful. You can purchase prints it it at his site: www.forsbergart.com/


The Christmas Tree Ship

Now this Christmas story is a true Christmas tale.
Many years ago the Christmas Tree Ship sailed.
Known as Captain Santa, he came without fail.
Bringing Christmas trees every year from the great North.
The people all bought their Christmas trees at the port.
And kept their Christmas trees glowing through the night.
The Christmas Tree Ship made Christmas merry and bright.

Then one Christmas the Christmas Tree Ship never arrived.
The people all wondered and the little children cried.
It was the Christmas that never arrived.
For a gale arose on the Great Lake before even tide.
The good Captain Santa nor any of his crew survived.
The Christmas tree ship sailed no more.
She lay somewhere beneath the Great Blue.
And where she lay no one knew.

Now others rose up to honor Captain Santa’s memory.
Bringing from the North without fail, Christmas trees.
And the people once again bought their Christmas trees at the port.
And kept their Christmas trees glowing through the night.
So the Christmas Tree Ship still makes Christmas merry and bright.
For the spirit of Christmas Tree Ship still survives.
And the legacy of Captain Santa is still alive.


Other Links:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/events-mark-100-year-anniversary-of-sinking-of-christmas-tree-ship-eg7nnab-180535541.html

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/winter/christmas-tree.html

http://www.rochellepenningtonbooks.com/christmastreeship.html

http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-22/christmas-tree-ships-94161
Track Name: Thunder Bay
CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE TO PLAY THE SONG

lyrics

Thunder Bay

The ships move freight all season long,
Up and down the great Huron,
Past a place they call Thunder Bay.
In fall they said “just one more run,
then 1913 seasons done”
Forgetting all about Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay,
Where so many’ve seen their last day.

The gale force winds came bearing down,
and ice was forming all around,
All in all 12 ships went down that day;
250 sailors swept away.

Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay;
Where so many’ve seen their last day.

Some of us go by Thunder bay;
Some of us go some other way.
So kiss the Son not perish in the way;
Don’t break your bands or cast your cords away.

Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay;
Where so many’ve seen their last day.