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Colonel Cook (Schooner), aground, 24 Sep 1858

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LOSS OF THE SCHOONER COL. COOK. - By a dispatch received as we were going to
press we learn that the schooner COL. COOK, en route for Detroit from Liverpool ran on the rocks at Gaspe, near the mouth of the St. Lawrence, on the 24th, and is a total wreck. Crew and cargo saved. The cargo consisted of pig iron and has been sold to Jackson & Wiley, of this city. It is unfortunate that when so near the end of the foreign voyage, and having proved herself the "clipper' of the fleet, she should have met with this disaster. The vessel is partially or wholly insured. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 29, 1858

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LOSS OF THE SCHOONER "COLONEL COOK".---We neglected to mention yesterday the fact of the loss of this vessel on the homeward voyage from Liverpool to Detroit. She ran on the rocks at Gaspe, near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Sept. 24th. and is a complete wreck. The cargo consisted of pig iron belonged to Jackson & Wiley, of Detroit. Both crew and cargo were saved. The vessel was partially or wholly insured.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      September 30, 1858

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      The schr. COL. COOK, bound from Liverpool to Detroit with a load of Pig Iron for Jackson & Wiley, ran on the rocks near the mouth of the St. Lawrence on the 24th., and is a complete wreck. She is insured, but in what office or to what amount we were unable to learn.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 28, 1858

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      THE COL. COOK. - This ill-fated schooner was worth about $14,000, as the times go, and was insured for $14,000 in Philadelphia companies.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 1, 1858

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NOTE:--The Schooner AUGUSTA was renamed COLONEL COOK after the 1859 sinking
of the LADY ELGIN, but of course, had no connection to the above vessel.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $14,000
Freight: pig iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Quebec, Canada
    Latitude: 48.83341 Longitude: -64.48194
William R. McNeil
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Colonel Cook (Schooner), aground, 24 Sep 1858