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Colonel Cook (Schooner), U4366, aground, 24 Sep 1894

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Word was received in the city early last evening that the barge COL. COOK loaded with stone from the islands, in tow of the tug J.R. SPRANKLE, had gone ashore and to pieces 7 miles below Lorain. The SPRANKLE had the COL. COOK and another barge, the WALTON in tow. When they reached a point off Avon Pt. it is said that the captain of the COOK drew up to the WALTON with the intention of having some of the WALTON's men help him bail her. Instead of this the crew of the COOK jumped onto the WALTON and the WALTON and her captain, it is said, cut the tow line and followed their example; the COOK then went ashore and in the evening went to pieces.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      September 24, 1894 2-5

      No further word was received yesterday at the Cleveland Tug Co.'s office concerning the COLONEL COOK, which went aground at Avon Pt., on Sunday. The weather was such that it was useless to try to do anything towards reaching the COOK, and therefore the L.P. and J.A. Smith, the owners, did not go to Lorain at all yesterday, nor did anyone communicate with them about their boat. Neither did Capt. J.W. Moore receive any further word concerning the stm. JAMES PICKANDS, of which he is part owner, and which went ashore Friday night, on Eagle River reef, Lake Superior.
      A dispatch from Lorain says that the COLONEL COOK broke in two during the night. She was on in 11 ft. of water. all that is left of her is a portion of the bow and stern sticking out of the water.
      Cleveland Leader
      September 25, 1894 8-1

Schooner COLONEL COOK. U. S. No. 4366. Of 266.18 tons gross; 252.88 tons net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1855. Home port, Cleveland, O. 128.9 x 25.4 x 11.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Colonel Cook (Schooner), U4366, aground, 24 Sep 1894