Above, guests on our last sunset lighthouse tour of the season.   
Above, upper right, on Tuesday Rob Pittaway and Rob Groves took down the tent, and Thursday Roger Clements finished inflating the last tyre on the Jibbom Float. We are now officially battened down for fall. 
 
SAVE THE DATE!    
Sunday, November 5, 12:30 - 3:30 PM. 
Our 2017 ANNUAL MEETING will be held aboard the High-Speed Ferry!   
Special guest narrator Steve Jones will give a personal & eclectic account of eastern Long Island Sound out to Block Island. Box lunches & cake will be provided. $50 NLMS members, $75 all others.  Details to follow. 
It's gonna be fun! 
 
 
Ellery Thompson's Draggerman's Haul, the subject of our next book group meeting, is available for purchase in the MUSEUM SHOP.   
The date of the next meeting still is to be determined. Contact Kathy to learn more: thecustombkgroup@gmail.com.
 
    
The Custom House Maritime Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - September 10, 2017
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
next Tuesday, September 19
   
Jibboom Club #1 GAM
Preserving New London's Waterfront Heritage
with Marcus J. Fisk (CAPT. USN Ret.)
Tuesday, September 19, 1 PM 
There are 133 historic districts in CT and over 2,300 in the United States.
 The next JIBBOOM Club discussion, led by Marcus Fisk, is about creating a coalition to preserve our downtown through historic preservation activities that will not only preserve our heritage, but stimulate the local economy and help establish New London as a tourist destination in the fast-growing SE Connecticut and Long Island Sound region.
 
Join us for a great discussion, coffee & cookies. Please come and bring a friend. Donation for refreshments, only. Questions? call 860-447-2501. 

We're planning one work trip to Race Rock Light this September for which we need  6 willing hands to dedicate their day and $1,400 for the boat & supplies .  
It's 45 minutes out; we'll work about six hours on the rock, and then it's 45 minutes back. Please email Susan at nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com or leave a message at 860-447-8700 if you would like to contribute your time, money, or both -- and please be sure to leave your phone number.  
We're totally dependent on weather and tides, so please indicate when you could be available -- weekdays or weekends -- and we'll call you when there's a favorable time

Saturday, September 23
 
Starts in 2 weeks - runs for 4: September 23, 30, October 7, 14   
How to be a Cartoonist - with Jon Buller 
Classes for Kids (age 8 & up) 
 
Taught by Kids' Book illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller.  Adults are welcome to join the group. 
four Saturdays, 10:45 AM to 12 noon. $40.  
Materials included.
 
Questions?  call 860-447-2501.
sign up online today! brownpapertickets.com/event/2970219 
Sunday, September 24
   
 Did you ever  wonder why there are no restaurants, hotels, or other amenities for visitors to Fishers Island?  
The Prize that Got Away - the History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland, with Pierce Rafferty  
September 24, Sunday, at 2 PM. At the Custom House.

In this illustrated lecture, Pierce Rafferty, director of Fisher's Island's Henry L. Ferguson Museum, explains it all, including border line disputes, secession and annexation attempts, and the lobster war. We all need to understand! 
 
NLMS members $10, all others $12. Seating in limited. 
Call 860-447-2501 for reservations. You also may show up at the door.
On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum
 
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka 
Lighthouses of Long Island Sound at Night  
David has been at work in Maine. See more about it HERE

Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists, by Tim Cook, Sean Elliot, Dana Jensen, and
Tim Martin     
 
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Above, USS Cole in New London this weekend for the Connecticut Maritime Heritage festival, photo: Scot Graham. There's still time today to visit the ship.

Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation .
We also post community news and conservation / preservation articles. 

Custom House Maritime Museum  is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, & school visits, as well as with news of interest about museums.      


 
Facebook New London Harbor Light  reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.

In past years, we held our Harbor Light fall OPEN HOUSE the Sunday of the CT Maritime Heritage Festival. We are sorry to report that for the 4th year, there have been no public or private tours of New London Harbor Lighthouse.
We are not about to quit, and will continue to work for public access to this beloved local landmark.we do this for you and for future generations. 
 
Facebook New London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about the lighthouse in our harbor.
 
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.

Facebook the Ledge Light Foundation (friends group) to learn about  tours inside that lighthouse.  
 
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse   posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.
 
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway to learn what other
lighthouses on the Sound are up to this summer.   
This week, the LIS USCG ANT (Aids to Navigation team) presented information that the Coast Guard is about to Install Radio-Activated Sound Signals in Connecticut and Long Island.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound will be replacing traditional sound signals (foghorns) with marine radio-activated sound signals at eight different locations across Connecticut and three locations on Long Island (Race Rock and Ledge Light among them).
Mariners that require the use of sound signals during periods of reduced visibility will be able to activate them on demand by momentarily turning their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz and key their microphone five times consecutively. This will activate the sound signal for up to 60 minutes. The current sound signal type and characteristic will not change due to this conversion. All light characteristics, equipment and patterns will also remain unchanged.
To provide mariners with a clear, comprehensive explanation of the new Marine Radio-Activated Sound Signals (MRASS) sound signals, a short explanatory YouTube video is available here.  
If you would like additional information, contact Lt.j.g. Shannon Andrew at 203-468-4432
The photo, above, is of the USCG buoy depot in New Haven. 

Facebook Sentinels of the Sound to learn about our latest 
Programs and to read news on Connecticut tourism.
 
Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to see what's new.  Wonderful  items arrive every week. 
 
Left, When is a shell not a shell? --when it's a carved-horn necklace pendant -- new in the MUSEUM SHOP.
 
 
 
 
 
YOU can rent the Custom House for your private event. To find out more, give Susan a call at 860-447-8700. 
 
 
 
 
Save the date - Sunday, November 5 - for our
34th Annual Meeting!
 

  Have a sparkling day.
 
   
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