In its fifth year on the Vermilion River, the Christmas tree ship is a reenactment of a legend that began in the late 1800s.
The original boat docked along the Chicago River to sell trees. But in 1912, the Christmas tree ship was caught in a storm and sank in Lake Michigan.
The tradition or the ship's reenactment has been kept alive by the U.S. Coast Guard in many lakeside communities.
Read the whole story of the Christmas ship in Sunday's Register.