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43 years ago, the Milk Bottle arrived in Fort Point

UPDATE: The Milk Bottle is getting a renovation!

43 years ago, the Hood Milk Bottle traveled through Boston Harbor to its new location at the Children’s Museum on Museum Wharf.  That voyage was referred to as “The Great Bottle Sail.”

The 40-foot, 15,000 pound “bottle” was created by Arthur Gagner in 1933 as an road side ice cream stand in Taunton. In 1943, it became Sankey’s Ice Cream Stand before shutting down. The abandoned bottle was then purchased by Hood who renovated it and donated it to the Boston Children’s Museum for its opening in 1977.

On Wednesday, July 29th, a ceremony will take place to kick off the much needed renovation which will improve the structure’s façade and infrastructure.

Milk Bottle Trivia: If it were a real milk bottle, it could hold 58,620 gallons of milk. Bring on the cookies!


Image via Boston Children’s Museum

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.