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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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.

Sue Sands (Henshaw)

Posted: 19 Jul 2022

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?

Craig Bonner

Posted: 19 Jun 2022

We arrived in Wellington in March 1953, parents and two brothers, three, five and six. My father was berhed in the men's quarters, my brothers and I in a four berth cabin with our mother. It was rocky on the first morning out of Glasgow. I sat on the floor of the cabin to guard against falling over. My father came to see us, picked me up and took me out to the railing to show me why the ship rocked. One day I poked my head through the rails and moved along a little. Screamed blue murder when I couldn't get out. Our steward's name was Andy, I remember his telling us that as a Scot he couldn't eat porridge unless it was salted.
Memories: on the ship my first taste of lemonade and the chinking of ice in the glass; seeing the movie Jack and the Beanstalk screened on the deck; seeing a black man in Curacao, my first; arriving at Wellington in the dark with the lights of the houses on the hills.
We went to Westport where my father had a job arranged for him.


Posted: 05 Jun 2022

We immagrated to Canada in 1955 on the Capt. Cook

Amanda Greenem

Posted: 11 Apr 2022

I'm currently doing some research of my Grandma's migration to Aotearoa for a uni paper.
Evelyn (Pip) Popplewell and her sister Pam (Pat) Popplewell came ex Birmingham - Glasgow - Curacao - Panama - Pitcairn Islands - Wellington - Christchurch, arriving 29th March 1956.
Grandma Eve had her 21st birthday onboard.
They both stayed in a single persons hostel (possibly in Hansons Lane) upon arrival to Christchurch. My Grandma Eve met her future husband on the ship, his name was William (Bill) Stockdale. We know Grandma and Pam's parents bought their tickets and sent them to NZ for a better life, but don't know much of my Grandads history and how he came to be on the ship. Any information would be appreciated if you knew of him or my Grandma.

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.