Photo: Illustrative image for the 'CAPTAIN CHARLES LEVER COOK' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'CAPTAIN CHARLES LEVER COOK' page

Newhaven/Dieppe Passenger Ship Captain

By Michael Budge

Captain Charles Lever Cook was at the time of his retirement the Commodore of the English vessels on the Newhaven to Dieppe route. His last command was the "Worthing". He had captained many other vessels in the fleet including the "Paris" and the "Newhaven". He was captain of the "Newhaven" during the 1914-1918 war, and for his service at that time he was awarded the MBE. His father and all his brothers were in the service of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway. His father Joseph was a boilermaker at the Marine Workshops. His brothers William, Joseph and Allen followed their father as boilermakers. His other brother John Lever Cook (my grandfather) was a coppersmith and became Foreman Plumber at the Marine Workshops.

The second photograph shows Captain Cook and his fellow officers on the SS "PARIS" (IV). W Lidbetter and E Biles also became captains.
RALPH FAMILY of DENTON ISLAND. The RALPH family were related to the LEVER COOKS as follows, Catherine Ralph snr was the sister of Captain Charles Lever Cook and my grandfather John Lever Cook. In 1901 James and Catherine Ralph lived at 1 Sefton Terrace, Denton Island. with their children James, Joseph, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, John, Catherine and William. In 1911 they were living at 2 Church Hill and there were more children. George aged 23 who was an Assistant schoolmaster, Emily Annie aged 7 and Louisa aged 5. James the son was listed as a clerk in the Steam packet office and John as a telegraph messenger for the Post office. Michael Budge.

This page was added by Michael Budge on 02/05/2008.
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Capt.Charles Lever Cook was the father of the late Gladys Annie Cook, who married Winston Catt, & was mother of Deidre Mary Catt, champion English Tennis player (born in Seaford UK, 4 July 1940. Deidre now married past 40 years to Australian Noel McMahon - living at Sandhurst Golf Estate in Melbourne. Sadly she at the age of 76 is a Parkinsons sufferer.

By Noel McMahon
On 31/01/2017

Capt Charles Lever Cook was the father of Horace Cecil Cook who worked as an engineer on the SS Paris with his father. Horace married Dorothy Margaret Clancy, my grandfather’s sister. Gladys Annie Cook was a bridesmaid at the wedding.

By Siobhan Davies
On 24/02/2022

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