CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A special delivery is on its way to Chicago from Michigan, and it’s bringing the Christmas spirit with it.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw has been loaded with its annual shipment of 1,200 Christmas trees to deliver holiday cheer to families in need.

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This is the 23rd year of carrying on the tradition of the schooner Rouse Simmons, which sank in Lake Michigan in 1912 with a cargo full of Christmas Trees.

Cutter Mackinaw will leave its dock in Cheboygan on Saturday, November 26.

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It’s scheduled to arrive in Chicago around December 1 and will participate in the tree offload and ceremony at Navy Pier, Chicago on Saturday, December 3.