Lounge on the Captain Cook immigrant ship

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 Wikipedia entry and community contributions below for more information.

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Colin Prescott

Posted: 03 Aug 2023

Hi my parents Keith and Vera Prescott with my sister Marilynne and I emigrated on the TSS Captain Cook on 11 September 1959 sailing from Glasgow to Wellington, New Zealand. I have checked this date with various records and am 100% sure it is correct so some of the other posts on this site may be wrong as regards dates? I am trying to compile an album of what happened during the years 1959 to 1962. We returned on 13 January 1962 from Auckland to England aboard the Fairsea. Mum and Dad have now died and I stupidly never got them to write down their memories so Marilynne and I are attempting to do that. Any information about the TSS Captain Cook or the Fairsea would be gratefully received.


Posted: 20 Apr 2023

SUE HENSHAW 7th October 1958 from Glasgow:
I travelled on the Captain Cook with my family. Me a 1 year old, my brother Richard turned 3 on the way. My Parents June and Raymond Henshaw.
We arrived in Wellington on 14 Nov 1958. We travelled by overnight train to Auckland. West Auckland was home to us for the next 18 years. We are now spread all over New Zealand, parents still alive at 90 & 89.
Does anyone know what date we left Glasgow?

Neil Butlet

Posted: 02 Feb 2023

My father John Patrick Butler passed away January 27th 2023

Going through his paperwork I found out he travelled from U.K. to wellington on the Captain Cook August 1956

He returned to U.K. on the Southern Cross July 1958 to marry my mother ( her father would not allow her to join him in New Zealand

ROSEMARY SHAW (nee Houston)

Posted: 04 Jan 2023

My parents, brother and myself, came on Captain Cook Glasgow to Wellington 1957, I loved it, the library was the best, I was always sitting in the chairs, the fancy dress, I was Queen of Hearts, and the lifeboat drills, my poor Mum a chronic asthmatic, trying to get the life vest on, (nothing like todays life jackets). Then going over the equator, we all got dunked in the pool, some man, long beard, he had a sceptre in his hand, we arrived in Wellington, dead of night, got on this rickity old bus, which went for miles in the dark, we were to live in the transit camp in Matamata, a real eye opener for my parents, Now nearly 70 years watching sports from the cake tin or westpac stadium, there is mostly a cruise ship and the men are on the top deck watching the game, I love seeing Wellington Harbour, hey from 4 to 54, my life was beginning Now living in Aus, but hey I am a Kiwi, loud and proud

Fay Graham

Posted: 14 Dec 2022

My uncle, Alastair Wilson sailed from Glasgow to Wellington on "Captain Cook" aged 23 in 1958. Tragically, he was killed there in 1965 aged 30. Wondering if anyone knew him? He stayed at the Immigration hostel in Trentham, Lower Hutt

Diane Cox

Posted: 14 Dec 2022

Hi KC Holland
I am Diane Cox unfortunately Brian Cox is not my uncle.
It was only my parents and myself that emigrated from England.
Also, I cannot locate Brian in my family tree.

KC Holland

Posted: 30 Nov 2022

Diane Cox who travelled with her father Roy and Mother Doris Minnie, I believe is the neice of Brian Cox who travelled on that day. We are trying to find members of that family, as the experience must have been very inspiring for Brian who became a boating person, and was an flight engineer. Love to be able to find Diane.

Lesley Craig

Posted: 11 Sep 2022

I just posted a comment re my parents on the ship in 1954. But I wonder if anyone who signed the Certificate of crossing the Equator’ is still alive, or a relative?
Signature are: George Hayworth, Jim McDonald , John Parmee, Al Osman, Joan Harrington, Alfred Keller, F Stilwell, Patricia Moir, Thomas George Brown, John Williams, Patricia Murphy, Aly Ben Hamid, J G Jones, D Buckland, Charles Williams, Jack Mather, xx Humphrey, Carrio Stayes

Lesley Craig

Posted: 11 Sep 2022

Hi - my parents ( Evelyn Stanger and James Craig, both now deceased ), met in the Capt Cook in 1952. I have a ‘ crossing the equator’ certificate for my mother dated 2/5/52 and signed by friends. I was born in Wellington in 1959, and they returned to the UK in 1966. I now live on the Isle of Wight in England. I wonder if anyone might remember them ?


Posted: 29 Aug 2022

I was 6 years old when we sailedout of Glasgow on 8th or 9th December 1952. There seems to be some confusion re exact date. The person overboard story I remember hearing but didn't know details. Glad that poor young lady was saved. My drama began the day of arrival in Wellington when it was discovered I was smothered in measles. I'd escaped the outbreak until the last moment. A fleet of ambulances took the sorry tribe of spotty, sick kids to Wellington Fever Hospital, where we languished for a week or so. A stressful time for all, parents and offspring.