Samuel M. Pook

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Samuel Moore Pook
BornAugust 15, 1804
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedDecember 2, 1878
Brooklyn, New York
OccupationNaval Architect

Samuel Moore Pook (August 15, 1804 – December 2, 1878) was a Boston-based American naval architect and father of Samuel Hartt Pook, the noted clipper ship naval architect. In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, Pook designed the City class ironclads for James B. Eads. The City class ironclads, also known as "Pook Turtles" due to their distinctive shape, were the backbone of the naval flotilla deployed by the United States Navy on the Mississippi River System during the American Civil War.


  • Morison, Samuel E. The Maritime History of Massachusetts, 1783-1860. ISBN 0-930350-04-9.
  • Nelson, James L. Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack. ISBN 0-06-052404-9.
  • Johnson, Rossiter. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.

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