The Christmas Tree Ship arrives at Navy Pier in Chicago on Friday, December 2, 2011 and will distribute trees to deserving families for two days. Families around the world enjoy the beauty of a Christmas Tree during the holiday season. The Christmas Tree Ship delivers Christmas Trees to Chicago so disadvantaged families can enjoy the Christmas tradition.
The Coast Guard Cutter Adler (WLB-216), acting as the “Christmas Tree Ship,” is scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Navy Pier for a two-day event, starting Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. to distribute Christmas trees to twelve hundred deserving families. The distribution of the holiday trees to trucks from community organizations will begin off the decks of “Chicago’s Christmas Ship,” the USCGC Adler, on Saturday, December 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., after the first three trees are given to three deserving families during a brief public ceremony.
This is also the chance to tour the Coast Guard Cutter. Tours of the USCGC Adler will also be available to the public on December 2-3 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Christmas Tree Ship arrives on the same day as the beginning of Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier extends holiday season
The Adler will arrive loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees purchased by “Chicago’s Christmas Ship” Committee to be distributed to disadvantaged families throughout the Chicago area. The Adler reenactment continues a treasured part of Chicago’s maritime tradition.
The Rouse Simmons was the original “Christmas Tree Ship” that came to Chicago with fresh evergreens and wreaths for holiday season during the early 1900’s. The “Christmas Tree Ship” the Rouse Simmons, was a three masted schooner and was recognized by the Christmas tree tied to her tallest mast as she entered port. The Rouse Simmons was the principal means of bringing Christmas trees to Chicago for over 30 years.
Chicago’s boating community reenactment of the olden days of the Rouse Simmons landing in Chicago is now portrayed by the Mackinaw. The trees will be taken off the Adler by local youth volunteers, the Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Explorer Scouts and the Young Marines and loaded onto trucks for distribution to 1,200 deserving families throughout Chicago by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. The trees were purchased with money raised by the “Chicago’s Christmas Ship” Committee. This committee is comprised of and supported by all facets of the Chicago’s boating community: the International Shipmasters’ Association, Chicago Marine Heritage Society, US Navy League, Chicago Yacht Clubs, Friends of the Marine Community, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Chicago Yachting Association.
“Chicago’s Christmas Ship” Committee will also host educational programs for local area schools aboard the Adler. More than 250 children from the Chicago area will learn about the role of the Coast Guard, the “Christmas Tree Ship” tradition, observe a Sea Partners ecology presentation and experience a ship tour by Coast Guard Auxiliary. Members of the Adler’s crew and volunteers from Chicago’s boating community will decorate the ship for the “Chicago’s Christmas Ship” tree event.
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