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
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
Classes for Kids (age 8 & up)
Starts in 2 weeks - runs for 4: September 23, 30, October 7, 14
How to be a Cartoonist
- with Jon Buller
Taught by Kids' Book illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller. Adults are welcome to join the group.
four Saturdays, 10:45 AM to 12 noon.
Questions? call 860-447-2501.
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.
, 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.
for reservations. You also may show up at the door.
On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum
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
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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.
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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.
Race Rock Lighthouse
posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.
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.
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!
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