The Christmas Tree Ship (EP)

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The Christmas Tree Ship
EP by I Like Trains
Released 24 November 2008
Genre Post-Rock
Length 22:10
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer I Like Trains
I Like Trains chronology
Elegies to Lessons Learnt
The Christmas Tree Ship
He Who Saw The Deep

The Christmas Tree Ship is the second EP by I Like Trains. It was released on 24 November 2008.

It is an entirely instrumental concept album, based on the storm that sank the Rouse Simmons.

The Rouse Simmons was a schooner that for twenty years delivered Christmas trees to Chicago, until on the night of November 23 1912 it was lost in a storm on Lake Michigan, with all hands and a full cargo of Christmas trees.[1]

The five track titles relate to different aspects of the story.

  • The Christmas Tree Ship is about the sinking of the Rouse Simmons itself.
  • South Shore, Two Brothers and Three Sisters were the names of three other ships that sank the same night.
  • Friday, Everybody Goodbye is the opening sentence of a message in a bottle[2] thrown into the sea by the captain of the Rouse Simmons.

The album was released as a limited-edition CD and DVD, but the general release was only as an MP3 download. Since then, I Like Trains have made the album a one-track EP for download.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Christmas Tree Ship"
  2. "South Shore"
  3. "Two Brothers"
  4. "Three Sisters"
  5. "Friday, Everybody Goodbye"


  1. ^ About The Christmas Tree Ship on I Like Trains' website. "The Christmas Tree Ship".
  2. ^ Jacobson-Tews, Lori. Pier Wisconsin. "The Story of the Rouse Simmons (page 4)". Accessed 12 January 2007.