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.

Community contributions

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

What do you know?

Brenda Rye Née Featherstone

Posted: 06 Oct 2019

Hello Sandra Lowe ( if you are reading). I was on the same sailing as you, arriving in Nov 1958. I was 5 years old. I have video footage of the fancy dress you are talking about, and you could be in it. Please e mail if you are interested . [email protected] I remember eating separately from my parents, with all the other children, so we probably ate meals together. Please contact if you would like to see the old movie footage. I am now in Wanganui.

Brenda Rye

Posted: 01 Oct 2019

Hello, I immigrated to NZ via the Captain Cook, with my parents . I think in 1958, or maybe 1959. I was about 6 years old. I have footage of the children’s fancy dress, and crossing the line ceremony. My e mail address is [email protected] if anybody else was aboard about that time.

Val Marshall

Posted: 25 Aug 2019

I sailed on the Captain Cook arriving in Wellington Nov 1958. Wonderful trip through the Panama Canal..food was good, ship really clean. Did our washing and had washing lines up on deck. Passengers made their own entertainment. There was dancing, piano recitals....we did a wonderful show at the end of the trip singing "At Sea on the Captain Cook....Every morning the stewards brought cups of tea to the cabins..saying "Rise and Shine on the Donaldson Line" Always remember the food.... hands up for eggs? in the mornings.
Worked in the travel department of the Bank of New Zealand. Married a kiwi and we now live in Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Paul Kerr

Posted: 20 Aug 2019

Hello Angela,

Our mother was on the 'Captain Cook' with your family, which departed Glasgow on 17 June 1958, arriving into Wellington on 24 July 1958 and we'd dearly like to make contact with you, as we are currently researching her journey. Please contact us at - [email protected]

Unfortunately, Graham Lowe seems not to have returned to the forum in recent times (see post below yours), but we do have some information to share with you ...

Paul Kerr.

Angela Parry

Posted: 01 Aug 2019

Graham Lowe

Posted: 10 Jun 2011

Hello Graham. Have just seen these postings about TSS Captain Cook - 17/6/1958. My family also emigrated to NZ on this ship. You mentioned sharing a cabin with others - presumably all single men. Do you remember if one of the men was called David Parry. My mum and three kids shared a cabin and David (12 years old) had to share a cabin with single men

Paul Kerr

Posted: 22 Jul 2019

Admin - How can we make contact with those that have previously posted on this forum, some a while ago, if they have not returned to this site to post a reply ?
Can our email address be forwarded to them, along with this message, by yourself ?
Our father and mother, both arrived into Wellington on 4 April 1958 and 24 July 1958, respectively and the people of direct interest to us, for family research purposes are - Ray Foster, Graham Lowe and Carol Moore (Nee Adams).

Norman & Olive Allen

Posted: 03 Jun 2019

Reference Heather Blanshards question the arrival date in Wellington was 10th February 1954. Stops en route were as mentioned. My wife & I met on the ship for RNZAF & Nursing.

David Meaker

Posted: 31 May 2019

I sailed on the last voyage of the Captain Cook, with my parents and sister, leaving Glasgow September 24 1959. I remember seeing the Azores, stopping at Curacao and Panama, and passing Pitcairn Island. I was 10 years old then, I'm 70 now. Hello to anyone else who was on that voyage.

Mitchell Mullin

Posted: 16 Apr 2019

Hello. I am researching my great Grandfathers time in the Merchant Navy and have been told he served on HMS Cook. I am looking for anyone who was a member of the serving crew anywear between 1939 - 1955 who may be able to help me out. He was called Charles Mullen and was from Glasgow, Scotland. He had my grandfather in 1951 and aunties and uncle a couple of years after. From what I can gather my great grandfather did not like to speak about his time in the merchant navy and never told my grandfather or his siblings a lot about what he used to do. He died in September 2013 in Dumbarton.

If you or a family member may be able to assist me in my search it would be much appreciated.
You can reach me at - [email protected]

Alan (Archie) Dawson Auckland, New Zealand

Posted: 08 Feb 2019

On the 5th November 1959, I sailed to Malaya from Wellington on the TSS Captain Cook with the Nz Army as a 20 year old soldier... We had a day visiting Freemantle in Australia on the way and then sailed up through the Sunda straights past Sumatra and Java, taking 19 days for the trip. With families on board, the total would have been around 1000 - 1200 people on the trip. Most of the trip was smooth sailing, the only problem was the crew watered down the beer and when we reached the bottom of the 50oz glasses it was more water than beer. Our Colonel had to sort the problem out with the ships captain to prevent any more problems between soldiers and the ships crew. Enjoyed the trip overall and in 1961 flew home by RNZAF DC 6 aircraft.!