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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Posted: 16 Jan 2015

Does anyone know any Telecoms Engineers who trained in Christchurch 1959 to 1961.

1959, My Dad TERRY O'NEILL (Irish) traveled on Captain Cook from Glasgow to Wellington. He went as a result of a job advertising for Telephone Engineers (Any Pictures?)
(this advert was given to him by the Night Porter in Cadburys Birmingham who reckoned he was too young to be doing night shifts where he worked making the boxes for the chocolates).
He remembers there were 5 lads who went to train in Auckland and 5 in Christchurch.
Once he settled he sent for his girlfriend who he left behind in Birmingham.
They married in Christchurch NZ, my eldest brother was born there.
They returned to Ireland once the 2 years were completed.
My Dad continued his work in Telecoms in Ireland all his life. My Mum always worked as a waitress.
My parents returned to Christchurch just after the earthquake to find their marital church badly damaged.


Posted: 02 Dec 2014

Has anyone else had trouble getting a passport/proving citizenship after coming over from Britain as a child? Did you need to apply for citizenship by grant or citizenship by descent? Having real trouble figuring out how to prove citizenship to get a passport, after 59 years in NZ.

Barbara (Barbie) Giles (nee Smith)

Posted: 06 Nov 2014

Laurie, My Mum and Dad sister Susan and myself Barbara Smith were on the Captain Cook and arrived in Wellington on the 27th March 1956 and docked on the 28th and I believe we left the ship on the 29th march. Dad came and worked with the Ministry Of Works
as a builder. Can contact me as my parents must of got to know you. 0212020020 NZ


Posted: 01 Aug 2014

We left Glasgow in October 1957. I was 6 years old. I can still remember the smell of the coal and oil as we stood on the deck of the Captain Cook waving to people on the dock as we set sail.

Can anyone tell me which dock we sailed from?

Donaldson Line had Yorkhill Quay as its home but some early photos show the Donaldson funnels on the other side of the river too.

I can also remember my mum being worried that dad wouldn't make it back from London in time for the sailing. We were in the shed on the quay, mum me and my two brothers aged 4 and 2.

Dad had joined the RNZAF and had to go down to London to finalise things.

I think the train brought him and a few other airforce people back to somewhere very close to the boat.

I know my mother was very relieved to see him back.
Rick Paterson

Dave Bryson

Posted: 19 Jun 2014

Answer to Bob Cotti....I was a crew member during that period. We were leaving Wellington light ship when we were told to proceed to Djakarta to pick up refugees who were being deported back to Holland most of us were unaware of the situation which was taking place in Indonesia at that time under President Sukarno. We really had a mixed bag of people on board. Many had been separated from loved ones and others were confused at the prospect of moving to another part of the world. We repeated this again in '58 after another run to NZ.

Bob Lindsay

Posted: 02 Jun 2014

I arrived in Wellington nz on ss Captain Cook June 59 my name is Bob Lindsay I came with mum Carrie dad Albert and two brothers Albert and Jackie. Now live in mangere bridge auckland

Linda donnelly

Posted: 18 May 2014

We arrived in 1957 hoping for some info from anybody

Vicky Spowart

Posted: 27 Apr 2014

My father was 3rd mate on the TSS Captain Cook on her last two voyages in 1959 to New Zealand. I have a newspaper cutting of her leaving Glasgow on her final voyage and also a menu from the captains table. Also the ship stamp and details of the departures in my father's merchant navy discharge books. Jazz musician Campbell Burnap emigrated to New Zealand on the Captain Cook and years later my father got talking to him in the Hundred club in London. Campbell said he recognised my father and my father said it wasn't the first time in the venue, but as they chatted it transpired that he had recognised my father from the lifeboat drill on board the Captain Cook.Dad was a big jazz fan so this was quite something for him. He has written may stories of his seafaring days and I used to love listening to them. Dad is no longer with us, but his stories remain.

John Kennedy

Posted: 25 Apr 2014

I was brought out to NZ by my late parents, I have been lead to believe on the Captain Cook in 1953. Can anyone tell me how I can obtain a copy of the passenger list so I can confirm my past to my grandchildren? (My parents names are Leon and Doreen Kennedy)