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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147 comments have been posted about Lounge on the Captain Cook immigrant ship

What do you know?

David Bryant

Posted: 29 Aug 2021

I found the passenger lists on Ancestry. There is a specific category database. Look up someone who you know was a passenger and follow the search.

Sheila Edwards

Posted: 14 Aug 2021

My mother, 2 brothers and I travelled to NZ on the Captain Cook, arriving in Wellington in later August, 1957. Dad had emigrated earlier.
Mum had worked really hard and fast to finish our living arrangements beforehand, so she really enjoyed the holiday, despite some prickly heat rash on her legs.
I met Jennifer, a young lass my age, who shared my surname.
It was a wonderful experience, despite arriving down to a swaying breakfast after skirting a storm. (No stabilisers).
Memories like swimming in a pool wirh beautiful brown-skinned children who had not seen skin so white as mine, possibly at Curaco.. And looking at NZ schoolbooks, in preparation for our new life soon to start.
A thin book has been published about the Cook.

Sheila Johnston

Posted: 29 Jul 2021

My parents and I came to NZ on the Captain Cook in 1955. I would be interested in finding out more information regarding passenger lists of that year.


Posted: 14 Jul 2021

Hi all, Does anyone know of a Martin James McManus that travelled to Wellington on the Cook possibly during 1953-54? I don't have much info but would be keen for anyone to get in contact if you do.

Pauline Sullivan

Posted: 08 Jul 2021

My mother father and two sisters sailed on the captain Cook June 17th, 1958. I was seasick from the day we sailed until we dock in Wellington 24th July. I hated every minute of the journey.


Posted: 20 Apr 2021

My mother came out to NZ on the Captain Cook leaving Glasgow in December 1952, having travelled from Orkney Islands. She was 22 years old and left behind all her family. I recall her talking about being very sea sick on the voyage and also stopping at Panama where one of the female passengers disembarked and never returned to the ship.

Danny Devaney

Posted: 11 Mar 2021

My grandfather was on the Captain Cook 27/7 1955 - 5/10/1955 and I seen in a earlier post by Doug McGregor that he had his 6th birthday board 7/8/1955 and that's the day I was born in Glasgow and he mentioned he was heading to the state's that trip and I was wondering if the Captain Cook would ever of went to Buenos Aries .

Mike Cogswell

Posted: 11 Feb 2021

I came to NZ on the Captain Cook during February March of 1952. I think it was her maiden voyage after a refit. I was 5. We ran short of water and docked in Panama and Curacao and disembarked in both ports. I have photos of at least one of those stops. I can remember another boy in our cabin, I think his name was Brian. We did see his family in Wellington once or twice after we arrived. Also I remember one of the cabin members was doing an oil painting. The male and female passenger were separated. I can remember a fearsome storm and most of the passengers being sick. My father and I were of the few that were able to eat.


Posted: 18 Jan 2021

Hi there my Grandfather was a seaman on the Captain Cook between 8th Dec 1952 till 25th Feb 1953 and 4th July 1955 till 5th October 1955. Also 17th Oct 1955 till 16th Jan 1956 if anyone travelled on these dates I would love to know where it went to. Glasgow was his starting and finishing port it's the in between I don't know thank you

Lyn nee Creighton

Posted: 26 Oct 2020

Correction to my earlier post - my parents and brother left Southampton in June 1953 on the Captain Cook - arriving in Wellington six weeks later in July 1953.