18 Dec 2013

Lord Nelson's telescope

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:20 pm on 18 December 2013

William "Cookie" Cook sailed the seas more than 180 years ago with Lord Horatio Nelson. He was a cabin boy and a powder monkey aboard the Victory before he got into trouble with the law and was sent to Australia as a convict for stealing one pound of lead. Family legend says because he knew the Captain of the convict ship he was able to bring with him two items from his time at sea; two items that belonged to Lord Nelson - a personal bucket and a telescope. The items have been passed down through Cook's family in Australia and now they are for sale. Nelson man Peter Johnson would like to see them end up in the city that bears the naval hero's name.