Above, revelers at last week's Food Stroll. Our thanks to NL Main Street for organizing a great event, and we especially appreciate Captain Scott's Lobster Dock for providing the scrumptious New England clam chowda' we served in the Underground.

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  - May 14, 2017
NLMS -- nicely nautical.
JIBBOOM - JIBBOOM   It's coming up on Tuesday this week.

Come to Jibboom Club #1, Tuesday, May 16 at 1 PM.
Amistad educator and deck hand, Jason Hine, will speak about the Amistad and his position with the new Discovering Amistad organization.

The Amistad ship is in port at New London Custom House Pier through May.

This event is free and open to the public. Come, and bring a friend.
Donations for refreshments, only.

Classes start this Saturday. Please sign up in advance.
C all 860-447-250 or register 24/7 online brownpapertickets.com/event/2945915

Credable Coral Lab (& gallery) 
our new neighbor across the street

Come'on: buy a raffle
ticket ...or 3!
Support the joint effort of the New London Maritime Society and Credabel Coral Lab to promote marine education and history in southeastern Connecticut.
Purchase Lessons of the Sea raffle tickets at Credable Coral Lab, 153 Bank, through May 20.
~ $5 each
~ $10 for 3 tickets!
Value: $100
Drawing will be held on May 20. Winner will be notified by phone.
Donated by Editorial Direction LLC
                                                                                                 This basket contains
* Bottle of "Beach House" Red Wine Blend
* Bottle of "Seaport White" from Stonington Vineyards
* Thomson "Ocean's Riches" themed dinnerware. Four of each:
* Dinner plates
* Soup bowls
* Mugs
* Luncheon plates
* Sea glass goblets
* "Ocean Blue" serving platter
* "Driftwood" brown teapot
* Coral-themed napkins
* Nautical-themed napkins
* Box of Pergale dark "Chocolates by the Sea"
* 2 packages "Sunshine Blend" snacks
* 2 packages roasted sea-salted almonds

Weekends in May.
Find out more:

Group sails are also available and can be arranged by contacting Barbara Bind at Discovering Amistad. 203-498-8222 or bbind@optonline.net.
Book of the Month   
Erik Larson
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
New York, Crown Publishers, 2015
The First World War began with the "guns of August" in 1914.  Centennial commemorations began in 2014 and are intensifying this year as we mark our entry into the conflict more than two years after it began.  America's isolationist attitude had begun to weaken when the great British liner Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915 with the loss of nearly 1200 lives, 128 of them American. This month's selection is the latest account of what the New York Times called "one of the colossal tragedies of maritime history," a disaster at sea even more shocking than the sinking of the Titanic three years before, and as unnecessary.  After Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917, and it was revealed through the infamous Zimmermann telegram that Germany proposed helping Mexico take back Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, did the United States enter the war.  Last year, in the pages of The Day paper, John Ruddy described New London's relationship to some of these events in his account of the strange visit of the German merchant submarine Deutschland in 1916, but that's a story for another time.  
 -- Brian Rogers, Librarian

the library crew, Brian, Laurie, Eugene together, again, after vacations, winter ills, & travels abroad... 
Now at the Custom House Maritime Museum 
two new photography exhibitions on view through July 16
Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists, by Tim Cook, Sean Elliot, Dana Jensen, and
Tim Martin

Click to see Day staff photographers Sean D. Elliot, Tim Cook, Dana Jensen and Tim Martin discuss their photo exhibit 'Lighthouses, Tall Ships and Submarines' during the opening at the Custom House Maritime Museum in New London on Friday, April 21, 2017. The show can be seen at the museum through July. By Peter Huoppi  Day staff writer
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka 
Make History
You can rent the Custom House
Above, the first two visitors at last week's Food Stroll - sampling Capt. Scott's  delicious New England clam chowda'.

The Custom House Maritime Museum provides the ideal setting for your party, military reunion, corporate event, wedding, or private occasion, o ffering a variety of adaptable spaces and nearby parking,
To get more information on renting a space within the Museum, please contact Susan, who will be more than happy to discuss your ideas:  860-447-2501.
We can provide catering & logistics help, too.  
NB: per the fire marshal, our total capacity is 49. 
Spaces for hire include the intimate, accessible Jibboom Room, above, large Crawford lighthouse Gallery, or outdoor Tented Courtyard.  
National Maritime Day 
next Monday, May 22, 12 noon

Each year on May 22 our country celebrates   National Maritime Day.  
MARAD: The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country's foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world's largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.
Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country's most important industries. Above, cover of 1938 yearbook of the Admiral Billard Academy.

Admiral Billard naval prep school was located off Pequot Avenue in New London's South End. Billard Beach, next to NL Harbor Light, was a part of the Academy.

You, your family and friends are cordially invited to join the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation-Connecticut Shoreline Chapter  for a memorial service at the former Maritime Officers Training School at Fort Trumbull New London, Connecticut at noon on National Maritime Day, Monday May 22nd. The Memorial is located at New London's Merchant Marine Memorial Park at Boeditch Street.

The USMMAAF-CSC together with the American Merchant Marine Veterans and Naval Armed Guards Associations have been holding this service at the memorial on National Maritime Day since the Navy departed the fort.  
After a noon Naval Gun salute and the reading of President Donald Trump's National Maritime Day Proclamation, a short service will be held. Then speakers will address the future of New London's port and maritime activities.
Our goal for this community event is to promote the maritime history of the State, the community and the potential for the future of New London's magnificent deep water harbor. 

Following the ceremony, a clam chowder lunch will be served at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut.
You may learn more about New London's connection to National Maritime Day on the New London County Historical Society web page.  

Clink on underlined words - hot links - to learn more    
  Public Library of New London's  Annual Book Sale takes place May 20!

Saturday, May 20, also is the USCG Sector Long Island Sound Open House.
Help kick off Safe Boating Week. It's from 10 AM to 2  PM, 120 Woodward Ave, New Haven.

Our new neighbor, across the street, Credabel Coral Laboratory & Gallery at 153 Bank St. 
Go there for your daily moment of Zen. 

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.  

MAY is Preservation Month.
NLMS believes in the irreplaceable value of New London's historic downtown structures as well as in the enduring power of our historic properties.
This Thursday at 7 PM, NL Maritime Society president Edward Cubanski presents a zoning text amendment to New London's Planning and Zoning Commission with the goal of creating a new zoning use category of h istoric property'.
Cust om 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

We are pleased to announce the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut awarded NLMS $12,000 towards the costs of our
Third-Grade Local History program for the 2017-18 school yea 
Facebook New London Harbor Light  reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation activities.        

Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news. It's updated daily.

Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to s
ee what's new.
Left, from our new selection of letter press cards: Salt and Fresh- Water Fish, from Saturn Press, Swan's Island, Maine. Also for your fishermen -  
Exhibit Opening 'The Lure of Fishing: Gear Through the Years', May 21, 1-4:30 PM, at Guilford's  Henry Whitfield State Museum . 

The MUSEUM SHOP is open Thursday through Sunday, between 1 and 5 P M.
We even have a heart / tattoo card for your  MOM, right. We open today at 1 PM. 

Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse   posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts. 
Facebook  Lighthouse Inn New London to keep up with Mr. Christie's developments towards reopening the Inn.
Below, SPRING at Thames River Greenery.

Have a Sparkling Mothers' Day!

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