Thursday morning lightning struck and set fire to the barge ALLEN loading at north Muskegon, owned by the Michigan Barge Co. It burned to the water's edge. Loss $6,000. No insurance.
Port Huron Daily Times
Friday, May 4, 1883
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
The Barge C.F. ALLEN, while lying at Farr's Mill, Muskegon, was struck by lightning and burned nearly to the waters edge. The lightning struck the foretopmast and passed down the wire rigging into the hold, setting fire to about 70,000 feet of lumber, owned by the Farr Lumber Company. The lumber and barge are a complete loss. The damage is about $7,000. At the time of the fire four of the crew were sleeping in their berths, but knew nothing of it until awakened by the cries of the watchman at the mill, the blaze then being eight feet high. The barge was built in 1862 and had a capacity for 150,000 feet of lumber.
May 26, 1883
C.F. ALLEN of 155 tons, and 21 years of age. Valued at $3,000. Became a total loss on Lake Michigan during 1883.
Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
Marine Record, December 27, 1883
Barge C.F. ALLEN. U. S. No. 4554. Of 153.55 tons gross; 145.87 tons net. Built Black River, O., 1862. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885