USCG cadets and AmeriCorps came to the aid of the Custom House.
From the sub-basement to the tippy top of our tent, we had some extra help on Saturday.

USCG cadets helped reconfigure the courtyard tent frame -- a big undertaking -- with the assistance of Harry Smith. They also moved furniture in the US Customs office in preparation of replastering.

In his spare time over the next several months, Americorps volunteer Connell Boken, above right, will be helping us catalog and write wall labels. How's that for great?!

The Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT, is open
 Wednesday through Sunday
from 1 to 5 PM. 
Nine unquiet photographic landscapes by Rhode Island artist Denny Moers  will be on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum beginning October 4. Emotional translations of the visual world depicting flooded fields, swarming birds, and ancient trees -- the pieces feel just right for our troubled times. Denny Moers's exhibition Waterways & Beeches will remain on view at the museum through December 20, 2019. 
Above, Denny Moers, Gloucester XII (note for Charles Olson), 2009 Print ‘A, original monoprint, $1500.
There are many things we can do to help prevent climate change while improving the local environment.
Plant a garden! We did. It's alongside the Custom House.
The Japanese anemones, left, just coming into bloom, were ordered last spring from Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

Brent and Becky's supports non-profits by donating 25% of one's purchase to groups like NLMS. Find out more HERE. Let them know your Bloomin' Bucks should support us!
What's Up at the Custom House - September 29, 2019
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.
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We offer tours Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and anytime by request. A New London walking group visited the lighthouse Monday morning.
Christina is at the Custom House most Saturday afternoons. Call or stop by and she'll take you on a custom tour: 860-447-2501.   Children must be age 7 or older.
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Veolia Water, City of New London & CDBG
this Saturday! Please register at least 24 hours in advance.
Boat Tour to Fishers Island & the Henry L. Ferguson Museum to view the 2019 exhibitions 
Saturday, October 5
Take our excursion to Fishers Island to view the 2019 exhibitions ' Against the Tide: Prohibition on Land and at Sea, 1919-1933' . This year’s exhibition chronicles the bitter struggle between “wets” and “drys” that tore the nation apart one century ago. The rumrunners that wrecked on Fishers Island are portrayed as part of a much wider battle that engulfed the entire country.  Also new for 2019 is the exhibition 'The English Springer Spaniel on Fishers Island'.  Both shows were curated by Pierce Rafferty , at the Henry L.Ferguson Museum . We'll tour the island, the museum, and have lunch!

We're taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London.  $75, $65 NLMS members. Schedule details to come, but it will be approximately from 11:30 AM to 5:45 PM. Exact time details will be forwarded before the trip. Limited to 15. Register online 24/7 at
Tuesday, October 15
 Jibboom Club #1
Lighthouses on the River: The History of Maritime Commerce on the Connecticut River
An illustrated lecture by Dirk Langeveld
Tuesday, October 15. Doors open at 1, program starts at 1:30 PM.
Unlike many major rivers in the United States, the Connecticut River does not have a major city at its mouth. Numerous hazards, such as shallows and treacherous bends, have limited its modern day shipping activity to recreational boats, a couple of ferries, and the occasional barge traffic. Yet the river was once home to a vibrant maritime industry, with shipbuilding companies sprouting up in every community between Old Saybrook and Hartford. Navigational aids were set up to help guide these vessels, including two small lighthouses established at Essex and Chester.
Dirk Langeveld will give a presentation on these rare inland beacons and the shipping industry they once supported.
Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund. FREE. Please come and bring a friend
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The 3rd biennial Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference
Saturday & Sunday
November 9-10, 2019

We plan to bring in the Arm of the Sea Theater company with two performances on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Now that Autumn has arrived, our ridiculous inflatable swan thing , by artist David Shrigley, is an extra 20% off -- as are our picnic baskets. Find them in the Museum Shop .
NLMS members can add 10% for a total discount of 30%!
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Our Race Rock and Ledge Light boat trips have ended for the season.

Below, Denny Moers, Beech Tree #1, (Warren) 2015, Archival Pigment Print, Artist Proof #1, $275. This image is used on the cover of Casting Deep Shade: An Amble,  by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press, February, 2019), and is in our new exhibition.
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At the Maritime Museum, you will discover the enormous effect that the maritime world has on our daily lives. 
None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
Matching Gifts Program
Charter Oak Credit Union will match all qualified* charitable donations YOU make to New London Maritime Society between now and Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

It’s simple – they give back because it is part of the foundation on which credit unions were built people helping people – and they’re proud to offer their members the opportunity to maximize their charitable donations through a Matching Gifts Program .
Thank you for 36 years of support of New London Maritime Society! 
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