Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arrives in Chicago with 1,200 Christmas trees for needy families

December 5, 2014
A Chicago Fire Department boat welcomes the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw to Chicago's Navy Pier, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is serving as the historic Chicago Christmas Ship, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw begin decorating the main deck of the ship with Christmas trees brought from northern Michigan, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) A crew member from the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw climbs onto the pile of Christmas trees on deck as decorating of the ship commences, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) Commander Vasilios Tasikas, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, thanks members of the Hubbard High School band for their performance and dockside welcome for the ship and crew, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) Members of the Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee welcome Cmdr. Vasilios Tasikas, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, to Chicago, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf)

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw begin decorating their ship in preparation for weekend festivities, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Valentin Leon of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is dressed for the elements as he helps decorate the ship in preparation for weekend festivities, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is in Chicago to help re-enact the tradition of the original Chicago Christmas Ship from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf)