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Captain David Cook archival package

Captain David Cook, master of the Yarmouth barque, Sarah, was best known for heroically saving 390 passengers in 1849 from the burning ship, Caleb Grimshaw.


This package includes: 

YMS-1-45 A1

1- Newspaper obituary of David Cook (s/o Captain David Cook). Source: Unspecified Yarmouth Newspaper.


2- Correspondence – PDF file containing a ship construction charter and the correspondence between Captain David Cook and Moses Shaw of Clementsport concerning the construction of the barque, ‘Louisa Cook’ from 1863 to 1865.

Remaining files in folder – The individual digitisations of the documents found in the PDF file above.


3- Document listing all ships belonging to or partially owned by David Cook. Sources: See document


4- Document detailing biographical information of David Cook, brief history of his notable deeds and a list of vessels he Mastered. Source: Yarmouth County Museum Supplementary file.


5- Black and white sketch of David Cook and brief recounting of his rescue of immigrants at sea while commanding the barque, ‘Sarah’. Source: George A. MacInnis (Yarmouth Historian)


6- Certificate of transport for one keg of paraffin varnish to be transported by the ‘Louisa Cook’, commanded by David Cook.


7- A letter written by David Cook, confirming that the bearer was a member of his crew aboard the ‘Sarah’, and is thus entitled to a sum of money paid to his account at the Bank of Nova Scotia.


8- Brief newspaper article by George A. MacInnis regarding the rescue operation undertaken by David Cook. Contains a black and white photo of the plaque commemorating his heroism. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard Newspaper, Wednesday, October 8, 1969, Page 41.


9- Article by George A. MAcInnis providing a more detailed account of the rescue undertaken by David Cook. Contains sketches of the rescue and of David Cook, and black and white photos of the rewards that Cook received. Source: The Atlantic Advocate, September 1960, Pages 101-103.


10- Article, “It Was News Then (1850)”. Article about Captain David Cook. Source: The Yarmouth Herald.


11- Article, “Yarmouth’s Sea Captains – images of the past”. Source: The Vanguard, April 25, 1995.

Captain David Cook archival package

  • All material found in these packages is owned by the Yarmouth County Historical Society and is housed at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (22 Collins Street, Yarmouth, NS). Credit must be given to, Yarmouth County Archives. 

  • Once ordered, you'll receive a message to download and open the zip file with all the material of this archival package. 

    All material in this archival package are in PDF and JPEF formats. 

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