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P00K, Samuel Moore, naval constructor, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 15 August, 1804; died in Brooklyn, New York, 2 December, 1878. He was educated in the Boston public schools, and from 1841 till his retirement, 15 August, 1866, was naval constructor in the United States navy Among other vessels, he built the sloops-of-war "Preble" and "Saratoga," the frigates "Congress" and "Franklin," and the steamers "Merrimack" and "Princeton." He was also active in fitting out the fleet of Admiral Dupont and others during the civil war. Mr. Pook was the inventor of numerous devices connected with his profession, and wrote "A Method of comparing the Lines, and Draughting Vessels propelled by Sail or Steam," with diagrams (New York, 1866).--His son, Samuel Hartt, naval constructor, born in Brooklyn, New York, 17 January, 1827, was graduated at Portsmouth academy, New Hampshire, in 1842, became a naval architect, and on 17 May, 1866, was appointed constructor in the United States navy. He has built many merchant ships, including the well-known clipper Red Jacket. When the introduction of iron-clad vessels into the navy was proposed he was one of the part), that called on Sec. Gideon Welles to advocate them, and he was made superintendent of the first that was built.
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