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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Lindsay Morrison

Posted: 24 Jan 2019

My parents met on the Captain Cook, my father from Glasgow was a steward on the ship and would have known the Lounge (from the picture posted) very well. My mother was an NZ nurse, they met on the voyage in 1953/4 not sure exactly, got engaged in Curacao, married in St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington later (THE St Paul's as my mother liked to say). They are both deceased now but my Dad was proud of the 'Cook' until the end, no tugs or bow thrusters needed for the Cook .....

Brian mccallum

Posted: 15 Dec 2018

Trying to find anybody that possibley sailed with my dad dugald mccallum

Andrew Morrison

Posted: 29 Nov 2018

For Malcolm Greig

Thanks for your information regarding the 'man overboard' incident.She was a very lucky lady to be rescued.My father said he used to chat to her afterwards , when he came up on deck from the engine room for fresh air, and she seemed none the worse following her ordeal.My father remembered the occurrence because it was his first voyage on the Captain Cook.Sadly my father passed away in September aged 92 , but I have his merchant navy discharge book , and a lot of photos and items from his time on the Captain Cook , including dinner menus.

steve jones

Posted: 20 Nov 2018

I'm Steve Jones I came to NZ with my family in 1958 aboard the Captain Cook. I was 9 years old. Nov 2018 will be 60 years.

Malcolm Greig

Posted: 03 Nov 2018

To Helen Blanchard (nee Duff).

Got my geography slightly confused. On each trip to NZ the first port of call was Balbao on Curaçao where the ship took on fuel. A short two day trip then took us to the Panama Canal where we would proceed through the canal to the Pacific Ocean followed by the longer leg of the journey to Wellington, NZ.

Malcolm Greig

Posted: 02 Nov 2018

For Andrew Morrison.

I was an Assistant Cook on the voyage when the young Nurse jumped from the after deck. The Ship’s Carpenter was walking across the after deck when he saw her clinb the safety rail. He threw a lifebelt overboard. The Bridge were alerted, it took about a mile and a half to bring the vessel to a halt whereupon the Duty Crew launched the Duty Boat which was on the davits on the port side of the ship. They went back to the scene where they found the young lady in the water surrounded by dolphins. The dolphins were surrounded by sharks. A safe rescue was completed and the voyage continued to New Zealand.

Malcolm Greig

Posted: 02 Nov 2018

This is in answer to Heather Blanchard (nee Duff). My name is Malcolm Greig, I was an Assistant Cook on the Captain Cook when you sailed on her.

The Panama Canal operates 12 hours east-west followed by 12 hours west-east. Depending on what time we arrived at Balbao we would either have tied up or joined the traffic going through the canal. If we went straight through the Canal we tied up at Panama City.

Any more questions you can get in touch via my daughter Lindsay.

[email protected]

Morag Hamilton, nee James

Posted: 30 Aug 2018

I was 8 years old when we sailed from Glasgow on the SS Captain Cook, via Curacao, Panama Canal, and was introduced to John Christian at Pitcairn, by Jas Cook, the skipper, and was on the bridge when we came into Wellington harbour in 1953. Because my dad had been in the Navy during the war, we were placed at the Purser's table, and the Captain took a shine to me. I have the menu from the last evening, signed by captain and crew.


Posted: 27 Jun 2018

Late in 1957 my mother Mrs. Tebby van Kuyk and my two sisters were taken from Jakarta to Amsterdam by the 'Captain Cook'. Were do I find more details about this journey, as well as about the ship herself?

Heather Blanshard (nee Duff)

Posted: 04 Jun 2018

We left Glasgow on New Year's Eve 1953 and arrived in Wellington in early February 1954. I had my 4th birthday on board. I was wondering if anyone knew the exact arrival date, and also the course the ship took. I remember hearing about Curacao and Pitcairn Island. Was there a stop at Balboa?