The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Colonel Cook (Schooner), 1 May 1855

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NEW VESSEL.---The COLONEL COOK is the name of a new and beautiful schooner which has just made her "first appearance" in our harbor. The COLONEL COOK was built at Newport, by J.E. Dickson, for G.W. Bissell, Esq., of Detroit. Her dimensions are 120 feet keel, 26 feet 2 inches beam, and ten feet 8 inches hold. She is estimated to carry at least 14,000 bushels. The COLONEL COOK is commanded by Captain J.G. Hurlburt, whose name and reputation is sufficient guarantee that she will always show as clean a keel, and taut a stay as any of them. As a sample of the Captain's style of business it might be mentioned that her up cargo of 170,000 feet of lumber was all out of the way in ten hours after her arrival, and a cargo of corn for Buffalo at 18 cents per bushel going on board as soon thereafter as Munger and Armours elevators could fork it over.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, May 29, 1855

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Colonel Cook (Schooner), 1 May 1855