Christmas Tree Ship


Happy end of the year holiday’s Indy Fans! Tonight mere days away from Christmas we have a themed show to further the spirit of the holidays! We are joined by  Dr. Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist based in Wisconsin. The connection may not seem clear between maritime archaeology and Christmas, but there is a phenomenal story we about to be told. Gather round and listen to the true story of the schooner Rouse Simmons, the lumber trade in Wisconsin, “Captain Santa”, and the (re)discovery of the ship and her captain.

Dr. Tamara Thomsen

Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society‘s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of thirty-nine Great Lakes shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places. For her dedicated work, she has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Tamara has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.ffc02c4d-96a7-41ac-a7d3-2f0d93974145


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