Lounge on the Captain Cook immigrant ship

The corridor lounge on the port side of the Captain Cook. 

The Captain Cook brought assisted immigrants to New Zealand via the Panama Canal from 1952 to 1960.  See community contributions below for more information.

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JaneAnonymous

Posted: 14 Oct 2020

I was 9 years old, my sister was 3 when we left Glasgow on Board the Captain Cook with my Mum and Dad. Albert and Cathy Hamilton.
We left behind a large family of Aunts Uncles and cousins and most of all Grandparents.
Little did we know what it all meant.
October 1956 a Photographer from a Local Newspaper took our Photo. There was a whole line of us in that Photo. hanging over the side, looking down at families shouting up at us.
There had been a Dock Strike which meant we had to wait till the strike ended, I think it was a week. That photo also appeared in a book, from the Archives of the Herald and Evening times The book is called TIMES PAST 2. I found a copy at a second hand shop when I was in Glasgow

On the 21st of November we crossed the Equator, we all were given a Certificate from Neptune.
I did have the Menu from the last day, it was signed by people that we got to know, I have put it in a safe place, that I cant remember where. Maybe turn up later.

We also had a Fancy dress competition, and I remember the winner was a pretty girl with long Hair, she had a mermaid costume.

Another memory of Having to stay down below. Because We were tavelling through a huge storm. We felt so seasick. When we were eventually allowed outside My sister and I went up on deck., the Seas were still coming up high, the ship would sink down and it felt like the waves were going to come over us. My sister had a book in her hand, it was a Sooty and Sweep book, cant remember how it happened, but it somehow ended up in the water, it floated away with the waves. One of the deckhands took our hands and escorted us back down stairs. I dont think we should have gone without our parents.
Then when we arrived in Wellington, a long trainride to Wellington.
If I find the Menu with the Names on it I will put it on here.

Sam Whittaker

Posted: 10 Oct 2020

I went to NZ. aboard the captain cook in 1953, with my mother and younger brother.I was 5 and he was 3. I remember going through the Panama Canal and not be able to go ashore in Curaçao because illness onboard or ashore.quessing from other comments must have been on the voyage that arrived in Wellington in June 53. We then caught a train to Aucland. My dad(Arthur WHITTAKER) had joined the NZ.AF and had gone ahead..we lived on the airbase at Hobsonville for six years.I have two brothers that were born in NZ. One (Nigel) still lives there near Blenhiem.

Paul Kerr

Posted: 25 Sep 2020

A message for Andy McGinty and Martin Logan. Martin, our father was on the ship with you and Andy, our mother was traveling with you and your family. You can both contact us at - [email protected] - and we will help you as much as we can with research information.

Anonymous MOLLY DRINNAN

Posted: 18 Sep 2020

Unsettled after returning from a two-week holiday in the Austrian Tyrol in 1953 left my friend and work colleague unsettled. What next? An advert in a national newspaper decided our future. On 13th July 1954 we travelled from London to Glasgow to board the 'Captain Cook' on a voyage to New Zealand, arriving in Wellington on Thursday 19th August.. I was fortunate enough to be employed by the New Zealand Government Tourist and Publicity Department on Lambton Quay. The next two years were the happiest and most carefree of my life. In 2011 I wrote and self-published in diary form (through Troubador Publishing Ltd) an account of my adventures from the moment we had stepped on the ship to the day in November 1956 when I departed for Australia . If anyone is interested A Fantasy Ago - New Zealand Memoir 1954-56 has now been uploaded onto Apple for pre-order on its iBooks store until 22nd September at which point it will be released for general e-book sale. I also have six printed copies at home here in London.

Andy McGinty

Posted: 13 Sep 2020

My family and I were emigrated to NZ on the Captain Cook departing Glasgow 17/6/58, yes we were segregated male and female, me and my dad shared with about eight or nine other males and my mum and sisters were with other females, I learnt later that there was a ballot system for men to spend time with their wives and everyone else vacated the cabin for an hour.I was eight years old and my sisters and I had a great adventure on that trip, we went back to the UK (on the RMS Rangitoto) two years later as many did and two years after that we came back to NZ on the MV Oranje, a lot of sea time for a young lad.

Martin Logan

Posted: 02 Sep 2020

I am looking for information on the Immagrant Ship the Captain Cook that sailed from Glasgow Scotland in February 1958 to Wellington New Zealand. I am trying to locate the list of passengers in relation to family history.

Paul Kerr

Posted: 15 Aug 2020

As part of our ongoing family research, we are trying to find out when the ship 'TSS Captain Cook' changed colour from Black and White, to an all White hull.

We have spoken to a couple of families from this forum, which travelled to New Zealand on the ship in 1956 and they have assured us that the ship was White then, so the colour change likely happened earlier than we were originally expecting.

Our 85 year old father and mother (deceased), both travelled in 1958 (Feb-April and June-July) and unfortunately neither of them had a camera with them at the time and we are hoping to show Dad as many pictures as we possibly can of the ship to help keep his mind active and healthy during these troubling times, so if anyone can help us out, we would be very grateful ?

Please contact us at - [email protected] - thank you.

Tom

Posted: 11 Jul 2020

Sailed on the Captain Cook from Glasgow to Wellington in March 1955 via the Panama Canal. Great fun for a six year old boy. The day after arriving we sailed to Lyttelton on the Maori and then went to Roxburgh Hydro for two years. Then to Wairakei and Taupo. Loved growing up in New Zealand. Been in Australia since 1975.

Paul Kerr

Posted: 03 Jul 2020

Jacqueline please contact us, using the following email, as you were on the same sailing as our mother and we are hoping to hear of memories, stories and to hopefully get to see some photos of your sailing, for our family research - [email protected] - thank you.

John Lowe

Posted: 01 Jul 2020

I sailed aboard the "Captain Cook" in 1956 but unlike most others I was travelling from Singapore to UK. My father was serving in the British Army in what was then Malaya. After the ship left New Zealand it went to Singapore to pick up returning British Army personnel. Due to the Suez Crisis in 1956 the canal was closed and we had to go via the Cape of Good Hope. We stopped firstly in Cape Town and then Freetown, Sierra Leone, followed by Dakar, Senegal. After 6 weeks we eventually reached Liverpooĺ. I remember the green pistachio ice cream we were served and if Iclose my eyes can still bring the taste to mind. Sadly I had other abiding memories. I cut an artery in my foot and the duty doctor didn't give me penicillin. I was to develop stitch abscess aboard ship. The wound kept breaking open and the artery sprayed blood everywhere. It happened again and again. I was.only 4 years old. The medical staff aboard ship were at a loss what to do. They decided that if they could totally immobilise the foot that would give the wound time to heal. If that didn't work the only option was to amputate my foot. My foot and leg was encased in plaster of Paris which fortunately worked. My parents were glad.when the 6 week voyage finally ended.

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