The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clara (Schooner), sunk, 24 Aug 1887

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Chicago.---The schooner CLARA, of Manistee, Captain Hans Olsen, was wrecked off Miller, Ind.,on the 24th., and the captain was drowned. John E. Gustavsen, who was the only sailor on board the little hooker, related to me the following circumstances. We left St. Joseph, Mich., Saturday at 9 p.m. for Chicago, with 17,000 feet of 3 inch oak planks. About 4 p. m. Monday, when off Chicago, a heavy squall came on, and we were compelled to make for South Chicago. The squall abated and we made for Chicago, arriving off there about 9 p. m. When a heavy gale struck us and we were compelled to run before it, which we continued to do all night and until the forenoon of the next day, when seeing land ahead we cast our anchor about three-fourths of a mile from shore. The sea was very heavy, and after riding at anchor about an hour the hatches bursted and the schooner filled and capsized. I clung to the wreckage and the captain did the same. I lost sight of the captain and gained the shore by clinging to some planks, and was greatly exhausted." Captain Hans Olsen leaves a wife and a son about three yearsof age, who reside at Manistee, his former home. The body of a man, supposed to be that of the unfortunate master of the lost CLARA, was washed ashore at Miller, Ind.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 1, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 1
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Indiana, United States
    Latitude: 41.60226 Longitude: -87.25837
William R. McNeil
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Clara (Schooner), sunk, 24 Aug 1887