Matthew Male
My View from Great Gull Island
Photos from the edge of The Sound

Exhibition opening Saturday, January 25, 5-8 PM.

Matthew Male will speak about work and his experiences on Great Gull Island in a talk at the Custom House on Sunday, February 16, at 2 PM.

At the Custom House, we have come to know Matthew Male as the unflappable leader of our annual volunteer trips to count tern nests & eggs out at Great Gull Island -- a hair-raising experience quite unlike anything else! Matthew is a consumate birder -- living for months during spring and fall migrations out on the island, alternately running bird walks and counts on the mainland, all the while photographing everything he sees. Last summer Matthew caught a phenemonal Monarch butterfly swarm on Great Gull, above, as the Monarchs passed through on their way to Mexico. He posts his images to facebook, where we all can see the wildlife off just our shore and be amazed.


Join us Saturday night, 5 to 8 PM , for the opening!

At 3, stop by the Shaw Mansion for the Historical Society's 150 Annual Meeting .

See Matthew Male's photographs at 5, then stop at Noodles for the chicken dumplings or Right Path for the Buddha bowl, and then wander the downtown.

It's all part of the BIG HYGIENIC WINTER WEEKEND -- Hygienic Art XLI | A Celebration of 41 Years of Visual Arts -- the most fun you can have in New London in the middle of the winter!


Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT, 06320 
Up on the roof...
We were happy to have Mike Forino , a circuit rider for the CT Trust, over last week to review the work on our roof.
What's next? We're applying for more grants to help halt all water infiltration. A big part of that will be to remove the chimney, est: $70,000.
What's Up at the Custom House - January 19, 2020
New London Maritime Society - local friendly a uthentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
Climb to the lantern of NL Harbor Pequot Light.
Visit Pequot Light, LIS's oldest & tallest lighthouse, year-round by appointment.

Email us for a custom tour. Suggested donation is $30, $20 NLMS members, and $15 for youth ages 8-18. Children must be age 7 or older.
One of the treasures in our library is the Cone Collection, Harold Cone's handwritten encapsulations of New London's shipping news going back into the 19th century.
The page, below, is from 1884. At the end of the last paragraph, note mention of a woman born in 1759, who climbed to the top of Harbor Light at the age of 85!
New in the Frank L. McGuire Library and in the MUSEUM SHOP

Two Revolutionary War Privateers
William and Joseph Packwood of New London were Connecticut sea captains and privateers actively involved in the American Revolutionary War. They ran the trade route from the Thirteen Colonies to the Caribbean islands, secured large quantities of gunpowder and arms for use in the rebellion, and outfitted privateers to prey on and capture British ships. George Washington personally requested gunpowder from them for use by the Colonies; Benjamin Franklin sought France’s release of one of their ships; and Alexander Hamilton ultimately denied reimbursement for the extensive losses they suffered in the War. Told in the Packwood captains’ own words, this book offers a vivid picture of the American War for Independence from a maritime perspective.

Remember: NLMS members always receive a 10% discount in the SHOP! We expect the book this week!
Authors William and Virginia Packwood have a combined 70 years of experience working in university education. Some time ago, William discovered he was the direct descendant and namesake of William Packwood, of New London, Connecticut. The original Wiliam and his brother, Joseph, were privateers during the American Revolution. They worked for Nathaniel Shaw, Naval Agent of the Colony of Connecticut in New London, (and who also built the Shaw Mansion).
Bill attended Yale University as an undergraduate; at that time he was unaware of his Connecticut ancestry. At school he walked past the card catalog with an index to the Shaw papers every time he went to study in the university library. Bill and Gini discovered a treasure trove of historical records related to the Packwoods. This book contains many of the Packwood documents from the Yale index, the Shaw Mansion, and the Custom House Maritime Museum Library.

Save the date: Unable to travel at this time, the Packwoods will join us live in a Face-time conversation at the Custom House on Sunday. March 1, at 2 PM.
Seating will be extremely limited for this special event. Information to come...
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Veolia Water, City of New London & CDBG

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Join NLMS at the NESS WHALE FAIR
Saturday, February 15th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm in the New London library community room. FREE.
NESS will have a blubber experiment, migration hopscotch, craft activities, and other scientific fun about whales. NLMS will present artifacts, pictures, and historic materials, and a talk by historian Sandi Walker Brewster .
We just signed up to have our JIBBOOM CLUB #1 whale boat float in New London's
St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The Parade takes place -- rain or shine -- Sunday, March 15, at 1 PM.
Help us get the float back together, and march with us in on March 15.
Contact NLMS to join in.
  • Keep watch on New London's waterfront 24/7 with our NL HarborCam.



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Below, If you look on the left just above the rocks in the photo below, you can find the Eagle and USCG Station New London. Preserving & enhancing harbor vistas from the downtown -- through alleys, etc. -- could greatly enhance the character of the City.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment | 860-447-2501