† Wharf at 481 Commercial Street

H. & S. Cook & Company Wharf

The largest landmark along the Cooks’ row (eight houses and three wharves) was the 1,000-foot-long wharf of H. & S. Cook & Company, which had been founded in the 1840s by Henry, Sylvanus and Jonathan Cook. Five or six vessels could be accommodated at the pier, the United States Commercial Recorder noted in 1890, and as many as 16,000 quintals of codfish were handled there every season — or 800 tons — which would be cured and shipped in turn to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. “Besides this, the firm maintains a large store on Commercial Street, containing a complete stock of ship stores and groceries.” It is shown above at No. 33.

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