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Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast

Divers explore the bow of the schooner Rouse Simmons, also known as "The Christmas Tree Ship," which sank 100 years ago on November 23, 1912, off the coast of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, while bound for Chicago (photo by Tamara Thomsen).

Explore the underwater world of Lake Michigan through an exhibit of the photography of Wisconsin Historical Society underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen at the Wisconsin Historical Museum opening Tuesday, February 7. Surround yourself with the shipwreck stories of the steamers Continental and Francis Hinton and the schooners Rouse Simmons and Home. View diving equipment up close and see artifacts from the Home, one of the oldest known shipwrecks in Wisconsin. The exhibit will run through June 9.

Participating Institutions

"Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast" was developed by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum with help from the Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the National Archives Regional Archives facility in Chicago. The Sea Grant Institute is posting pictures of shipwrecks from the exhibit each day leading up to the exhibit's opening.

A Second Maritime Exhibit

After viewing "Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast" in the museum's first-floor gallery, head up to the fourth floor to take in "Milwaukee Lost," a wall and case exhibit on the 1929 wreck of the railroad car ferry SS Milwaukee. The exhibit, documenting the vessel's final voyage, will be up through mid-March.

If You Go

For complete details on the museum's hours, admission, location, accessibility, parking, bus routes and other details, visit our visitor information page.

:: Posted February 6, 2012

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