On the internet I found a brochure and a postcard that I bought, the brochure is scanned below. Printed by E.A.R.&H."A brief history of marine services on Lake Victoria" and the construction of RMS Victoria".
1965-1966 When you are on your very first journey on a ship you will remember it, and if the journey is the first school journey to a new town, then it is even more exiting. We lived in the western parts of Kenya about 85 Km south of the town Kisumu, we are on our way to Kibeta, the Scandinavian boarding school in Bukoba.
My memories are mixed from all the journeys, the only different journey was the one when our cook Lucas was travelling with me because one of my parents was ill. The doors and the window hatches were made out of dark well coated wood ( maybe mahogany). The deck was made out of the same dark wood, also the top of the rail that run around all deck levels. Details were made out of polished brass, the hinges and locking mechanism on the port where passengers were boarding the ship were all shining brass. On the upper deck in the corridor midships a big map behind glass showed the rout Kisumu - Musoma - Mwanza - Bukoba, the rout was marked with small bulbs, that lit up to show how far we had travelled. In this same corridor, behind a massive door were the stairs down to the engine room. The noise from the engines was noted every time the door was opened. I don’t know how it happened, but on one trip when me and my father were studying the map behind the glass, one crew member offered to show us around in the engine room. So what did I see? I only remember the very steep staircase down in the dark, and the incredible almost painful noise and the heat, that is all I remember. A more pleasant memory is the procedure around the "announcement" of served meals. Every time before the serving of a meal, a kitchen crew member walked around the decks with a xylophone.The xylophone was held in one hand, and there was 4 - 5 tones that were played during the walk.This elegant and discrete way to announce the served meal was well heard in the cabins and even up under the sunroof of the upper sun deck. In the dinning saloon I was very impressed by the white table clothes and the white tableware with the E.A.R.& H. label.The table setting and the napkins was just as seen on page 22 in the scanned brochure below. At one occasion I remember that the desert was served from a full size pineapple refilled with a sweet crushed pineapple tasting desert, the top of the pineapple was used as a lid.
On the left picture, Yours truly on the M.S. Victoria on my way to school. In the middle picture, a view from the sun deck. On the right picture, my Mother Märta and my brother Kristian.