Sad Shipwreck of Lake Michigan – Five Lives Lost – The schooner Euphemia, Capt. Claussen was wrecked on Lake Michigan, off Black Lake, during the gale of the 27th, and five out of the six persons on board perished. She was loaded with lumber, capsized in the gale, lay a few minutes on her beam ends, with her masts broke away, and she went over, bottom up. When she first capsized, the crew clung to the weather side, except the cook and another who were washed off by the sea, but caught pieces of lumber and then floated off. Two men got on the keel, but soon caught pieces of lumber and also floated away. Capt. Claussen had been injured by the falling of the main boom, was lashed to the wreck by Mr. Hammitt, and died by his side in about three hours after receiving his injuries. Mr. H. was rescued after having been exposed to the sea and storm, without food, for about thirty hours. The wreck drifted in near shore, and was visited twice, Mr. H. says, by plunderers, who cruelly left him to perish. He was at last discovered by the crew of a vessel on the beach and taken off. The men who left the wreck on pieces of lumber have not since been heard of. The crew were shipped at Detroit, and the Tribune gives their names and ages as follows: Capt. Claussen, aged 55; John Griffin, mate age 24; John Griebling, a Swede, aged 22; Peter Reeves, from New York, aged 20; Peter Hammitt, American, aged about 23. The cook engaged by the captain – name unknown.
Other articles indicate the ships name is Euphrata, give the date as the 26th of May, Captains name is spelled multiple ways Klasen, Claussen, Clausen. 1850 and 1860 Census for Allegan County, Michigan lists a family that may fit this profile. 1850: Frederick Clausen age 43, born Germany, Sailor, wife Betsey age 31, daughter Elizt age 1. 1860: Betsey age 41, with daughters: Elizabeth age 11, Maria age 8 and Frederica age 3. Not related.