† Wharf at 467 Commercial Street

E. & E. K. Cook & Company Wharf

Also known as Kibby Cook’s Wharf, this was 900 feet long. “Whalers and bankers fitted out at this pier and came into this site for annual overhauls,” Irving S. Rogers wrote in 1941. Kibby Cook — properly Epaphras Kibby or E. K. Cook (1824-1905) — lived near the foot of this wharf at 466 Commercial Street, later the home of Mary Heaton Vorse. He and his brother were wiped out with the collapse of the whaling industry in the 1870s and this pier, along with their upland property and their whaling and fishing vessels, was foreclosed upon by lenders. The 1880 Barnstable County atlas from which the plate above is taken actually labels the wharf “Bank Prop.”

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