This collection includes material gathered by then William and Mary student Eleanor Harvey related to the christening of the SS William and Mary Victory on April 20, 1945. Photographs, news clippings, scrapbook, and the wooden chest holding the broken champagne bottle used in the launch are available. Miss Harvey was the sponsor at the launch and Edith Harwood was the maid of honor.
Images of the bottle are available online at
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Eleanor May Harvey Rennie of Richmond, Virginia was the president of the Women's Student Government Association at William & Mary in 1945 when she was named by college president John E. Pomfret as the sponsor of the SS William & Mary Victory. The ship was launched from the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland on April 20, 1945. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .
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Acc. 2007.59 received from Mrs. Eleanor Harvey Rennie of Richmond, Virginia on 8/1/07. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Acc. 2011.483 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in July 2011.