The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sam Cook (Schooner), 16 Aug 1873

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Launch of the SAM COOK
      A new Vessel Launched from Goble & Macfarlane's Yard - The third this Season - A No. 1 Craft.
Saturday afternoon the third vessel this season was launched from the shipyard of Goble & Macfarlane, in this city. there was a large number of people present, though not so large a number as would have been there had more notice been given. The hour set was 4 o'clock, and so promptly did the vessel go off that several persons who thought that, as usual, 4 o'clock meant any time before five, found her already in the water on reaching the yard, with flags proudly floating, bearing the chosen name, not before revealed, the "SAM COOK." The launch was a handsome one, the vessel sliding into the water smoothly and all according to previous arrangement. then she
rocked for a few minutes but finally settled into a graceful position as could be asked.
This vessel is built on precisely the same plan of the two previous ones built at this yard this season. The first of these, the "DANIEL LYONS," is owned by Goble & Lyons and was launched in February. The second, the "ATLANTA," was built for Thomas S. Mott, and launched the latter part of May. The "SAM COOK," like these vessels, will have three masts, a kind of schooner not built much in Oswego before, and apparently now coming to be very popular. The dimensions are: length over all, 143 feet; length of keel, 139 feet; breadth of beam, 26 feet 3 inches; depth of hold 11 feet 3 inches.
She is the largest sized vessel that can pass through the Welland Canal and will carry 18,500 bushels of wheat. Her full capacity for this lake, is 22,500 bushels of wheat. She is built for A.G. Cook, Esq., and named for his son.
The vessel is expected to be ready to sail about September 1st. the work on her has gone forward very rapidly. It being just 60 days from the day her keel was laid to the day she was launched. Her masts are not yet up, and some other inside work remains to be done. her joiner work is done by A.H. Preston, a very competent workman, and the painting by William Proud. She will be in every way a first class vessel, as her material as well as workmanship are the best, nothing cheap being used about her. Her cost we believe to be about $28,000. She will be commanded by Capt. James Scott, formerly of the JOHN McGEE,, another of Cook's vessels. Capt. Scott knows his business well.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Mon., Aug. 18, 1873


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Sam Cook (Schooner), 16 Aug 1873