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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Posted: 04 Nov 2016

I previously posted to this site on Feb 2016 as Anonymous I realize I should have included my name. My post talked about the Lowe family's assisted imigration to NZ and my brother and I being left alone on the ship due to my mother being in the ships infirmary for the whole of our trip in 1958. My mother was Olga Lowe. I just want to add my name to the post.


Posted: 05 Oct 2016

I came to NZ on the Captain Cook late 1958 . I was 9 years old. We were from Suffolk. I traveled with my parents and two sisters, one older, one much younger. We landed in Wgtn. then went down to Central Otago. After time on a sheepstation we moved to Dunedin then later on to Wellington.


Posted: 25 Sep 2016

My uncle William (Billy) Gilmour served on the captain cook between sept/Dec 1953,I'm guessing during that time the ship sailed out to wellington NZ?
He worked as assistant steward,he would have only been about 19 at the time,anyone remember him or the ship at that time? Or perhaps know of anyone that worked along side him.

Carole Young

Posted: 22 Sep 2016

I arrived in Wellington NZ in November 1954 with my brother and my parents having left Glasgow on 12th October (mu 9th birthday). I am keen to know the precise date of our arrival in NZ. I think it was about the 16th of November. Can anyone tell me the exact date? We were in Draft 37 of sailings. My surname at that time was SHAW.

Kirsten Turley

Posted: 11 Sep 2016

This is a message for Geraldine Hughes from March 2015: I've just seen your comment. My mother, Ellen Hansen she was then, was on that 10 Feb 1959 sailing to NZ. She travelled here from Denmark (one of 20 Danish). She has passed away now but wrote a diary which she translated. Would love to somehow share it with you if you're interested!

John Ayre

Posted: 21 Aug 2016

I've got a feeling that myself and my dad were returned to the Uk from Singapore in 1959 along with other service families on a ship called the Captain Cook. Can I be right or was the ship just used to NZ?

Ray Foster

Posted: 29 Jun 2016

I and my wife and our 18 month old daughter came on the 'Cook' from Glasgow in February 1958 and arrived on 5th April 1958 which just happened to be Good Friday that year. this turned out to be very unfortunate as the dockers refused to work [a holiday y'see].
Best I say nothing about the consequences [unless asked particularly] I see that Carol Moore a 14 year old was in that 1000 of us but as yet no comments from these 999 others of 'em.
We had one of the best cabins it seems on A Deck and the voyage was largely smooth with no breakdowns at all.
We came across the 'Hobson' that had conked out and talking to others that had come to NZ that way this was nowhere near the only time.
As a plumber I was treated with 'kid-gloves' no-one ever called me an 'anything' pom and in no time folks would knock on my door to see if I could 'do' their plumbing.
We arrived in the country with just £9 to splash out with so yes of course I will......and did.....often.
Best move I ever made!!

Eileen Lewis (Chadwick)

Posted: 26 Jun 2016

I came to NZ as an assisted immigrant on the Captain Cook in 1953 with my parents Fred and Margaret Chadwick, brother Roy (6yrs) and David (6 months) I was 7 at the time. We boarded the ship in Southampton on 6 June but I believe the ship started its voyage in Glasgow. Arrived Wellington 22 July 1953 and caught a train to Levin where we were met by an ex RAF friend of my father who we stayed with for several weeks until a house was available at Raumati Beach. My father had a job waiting for him as an aircraft engineer at Paraparaumu airport. The sea on the trip over was quite rough at times because I can remember being told to stay off the deck because the waves were high. We were not allowed to leave the ship at Panama because a passenger/s had tb and as a result we were quarantined.

Alan Waddams

Posted: 23 May 2016

I sailed on the SS Captain Cook from Glasgow in Dec. 1953 Arriving in Wellington N Z about the
10th February 1954. Would love to know the actual dates of departure & arrival.

Graham Naylor

Posted: 19 Mar 2016

I am replying to Geraldine Hughes question about the date of arrival in Wellington of the 10 February 1959 sailing from Glasgow. We arrived on 18 March 1959. As I recall we should have arrived on 19 March but made such good time that we arrived one day early.