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David Cook
b. 1870 Hull, d.  25.1.1918

m. Mary Elizabeth Robinson
St. Peter's Church, Drypool 30.12.1892

four children
 Emmy, Vida, Sylvia, David

The War Memorials Commission website states that he died on board the S.S. Humber.  A maritime archives list showed that the Humber, of 280 g.r.t. (gross tonnage), defensively armed, was torpedoed without warning, two miles east of Sunderland on 25.1.1918 and sunk by a submarine with the loss of seven crew, including the master who was Captain David Cook, aged 48.

Epworth Bells newspaper, Feb. 1918.  Entry for Feb. 23rd.
"A memorial service to the memory of the late Captain David Cook, of a certain steamship which was sunk off Sunderland early this month, took place on Sunday evening in the Parish Church.  The sacred edifice was quite full, the deceased being well known and respected.  Hymns, psalms and lessons were especially selected and the vicar preached a most comforting sermon.  At the close the National Anthem was sung and the organist played the sailors' Dead March."

1901 Census - he is berthed in Victoria Dock, Hull.  He was then master of the "Mary, a steamship of 52 tons, engaged in coastal trade.  His engineer was John Thomas Wilson, probably his cousin, and the mate was a David Andrews.

1891 Census - Captain of the barge "Elizabeth."

 

S. S. Humber
For more information, click here for Wrecksite

"The Dangerous Dawn" by Chris Howard
the story of the wreck of the S.S. Humber

Captain David Cook and the S.S. Humber
an article by Kathleen Gooding

David Cook's children

"Emmy married Frank Robinson and farmed first at East Ferry and then at Scotter.  I remember  Dad telling me once that Vida was a bit of an eccentric and lived alone in a cottage in some woods, miles from anywhere."  (Kathleen Gooding, nee Cook, 2009)

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