Image of <i>S.S. MIT Victory</i> Christening Bottle S.S. MIT Victory Christening Bottle
Christening Bottle, S.S. MIT Victory, 1945

During World War II, a series of U.S. Navy Victory ship troop transports was named after educational institutions that had contributed to the war effort. MIT’s place on that list was assured through large-scale research and the development of radar, inertial guidance, digital computing, reconnaissance photography, and smaller-scale contributions to hundreds of other projects.

Margaret Compton, the wife of MIT President Karl Compton, was asked to christen the SS M.I.T. Victory on May 12, 1945, a reminder of the important role played by family members of MIT faculty and staff. In addition to assisting her husband, Margaret Compton worked with the Association of MIT Alumnae and the Technology Matrons (now the MIT Women’s League) to establish the first MIT women’s dormitory at 120 Bay State Road in Boston. She also helped organize the International Students’ Association of Greater Boston and served on the boards of educational institutions throughout the region.

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  • I have a similar bottle do you have any idea hat they are worth.

    Richard Bergstrom
    14 Mar 14 at 1:30 pm