The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Colonel Cook (Schooner), 20 May 1858

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Sailing of the Schooner COL. COOK, for Liverpool: - This vessel which has been lying in the river some days, completed her cargo yesterday, took out a clearance for Liverpool and set sail last evening. She has on board, 70,000 West India staves (white oak) and 10,000 feet of clear black walnut lumber. As we have before stated, the COL. COOK is owned by W. Bissell of this city and is the first Detroit owned vessel to engage in the transatlantic trade. The enterprising owner of the vessel also owns her cargo. Since lying in the river, the COOK has been furnished with entire new canvas throughout. She is an excellent sailer and as Capt. Hall, her commander, is well acquainted with ocean navigation, we shall expect to see her again in our river ahead of any of l those which have preceded her this season. Capt. Hall expects to make the round trip the latter part of August or first of September and should this trip prove successful, which with prosperous gales, there is not a doubt, she will be dispatched upon another voyage. The brig., BLACK HAWK, which cleared from here on the 8th passed through Welland Canal on Saturday last.
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      May 20, 1858

Shipping Office: - We have hitherto omitted to mention the fact that Capt. Mann, an old sailor, and one well acquainted with the business he has engaged in, has established a shipping office in this city for the benefit of sailors and ship owners. The crew of the Schooner, COL. COOK, which sailed yesterday for Liverpool, consisting of seven men besides Captain and First Officer, were shipped by him. This is the first shipping office ever established in this city and as Captain Mann is just the man for the business, a liberal patronage should be extended him. His office is on the dock at the foot of Shelby Street.
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      May 21, 1858

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Colonel Cook (Schooner), 20 May 1858