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Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson

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These pictures have been contributed by Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson,
who started as a potato peeler in 1971 and advanced to
deck waiter and bar steward in 1973/75.

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Champagne party in the Main Lounge around Christmas 1972, to do something when there were three full days at sea from St. Thomas to New York. Assistant chief steward Richard Glatz keeps a watching eye on the orderly line of waiters with ice buckets awaiting the midnight signal. Deck waiters from the left: Jerry Jakobsson, Tommy Stark (probably) behind the bucket, Hasse Gustafsson, Randy Moreau, Alfred Koegler.

The Kungsholm song leaflet, with the real notes of the first strophe printed on the folded front cover. A good evening or party onboard would usually see those leaflets on all the tables.


The lyrics of the Kungsholm anthem: A song of love dedicated to the ship itself! Passengers, entertainment staff and the crew alike enjoyed singing this song together whenever there was a good occasion. Its origin stems from the old Kungsholm.


Hong Kong style cocktail party during the Far East and South Seas Cruise 1973. From the left: Hasse Gustafsson, Benny Maier, Jerry Jacobsson behind three passengers, Bengt Hult, Paul Steiner, Kari Riutta.


Oregon style cocktail party in the Aft Smoking Room 1972/73. Standing from the left: Hasse Gustafsson, lady passenger, Per Uth, Åke Sandahl, lady passenger, Tommy Stark. Kneeling: Paul Steiner. A horse-drawn cart full of hay symbolizes the agrarian face of the state.

Texas style cocktail party 1972/73. Standing from the left: Allan Persson, three passengers, partly hidden Eva Schaumacher (?), Kari Riutta, deck waiter from New Zeeland. Kneeling: Swedish deck waiter, room stewardess Birgitta Eriksson (Baumann), Spanish deck waiter, deck waiter with bolero, Lars Englesson, Hasse Gustafsson.


This was a common sight after midnight in 1973: some after work beers in Hasse Gustafsson’s cabin. Deck waiters and ‘barnissar’ together summing up that evening’s highlights. From the left: Hermann, Erkki Mikkonen, Anders Andersson, Tommy Klang. Two unidentified crew members (Peter Baumgardt?) are sitting in the lower berth.

Kungsholm’s central kitchen on A-deck, desolate at night. For late-working deck waiters there were often leftovers to be found in pots and pans, enough for making oneself an improvised meal when hunger set in some hours past midnight. Picture from MS Victoria, ex-Kungsholm.

The service elevator was subject to fierce rivalry among the deck waiters, bar boys and pantry hands when simultaneously required at rush hour for bringing supplies from the kitchen to the Verandah and Promenade decks in the early 1970’s. Photo by Tommy Stark: the still equally busy service elevator aboard Mona Lisa, ex-Kungsholm, 31 May 2010.

The very steep service staircase of the Kungsholm was located right next to the starboard service elevator shaft. Groups of dining room waiters would often sit on the stairs, resting and smoking, making passage difficult around A-deck. Photo by Tommy Stark on the Mona Lisa, ex-Kungsholm, 1 June 2010.

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