Nostalgia

While we are on the subject of my early childhood, I thought I might look up the old ship on which I travelled to NZ as a child, the TSS Captain Cook, formerly the Letitia.

At one time, she was a hospital ship. 

When we were on board, she was white, as above left. On the right is a shot
of her in Wellington Harbour some time prior to our voyage.  I
understand she caught fire in Wellington in 1957, and I think that may
have been the voyage before ours, because I have a distinct memory of Dad telling Mum something about it as we
looked down on her from a hill in Glasgow and that she had been refitted. I remember wondering what
refitted was.  Also I recall that on hearing the news, Mum avowed she was not going on board, and Dad having to talk her into it.  That was after a strange breakfast of
awful salty porridge, following an overnight train ride from London on which I remember reading my Rupert Bear Annual (which from my
research appears to have been the 1955 Annual) -I recognised the cover
instantly I saw it again. See that balloon in the top right corner?  That fascinated me….




The internet is great, isn’t it?


And I remember looking out the window as we passed level crossings in the dark.   It
all comes back. 





To be continued….  watch out for "T
ravels on the Captain Cook"…

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About Alan

Settling into my 7th decade and still determined not to grow up too soon.
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