Photo, above, longtime NLMS docent Bill LaRoue and his father William Lloyd LaRoue, ca. 1941. Bill Jr.'s mother Bessie Watrous LaRoue made his kid-sized USCG uniform; below, all grown up - head docent Bill LaRoue at the Custom House in 2011.

New this week: Librarian Brian Rogers has added a page about Wm. Lloyd LaRoue to his online exhibition about the US Maritime Service Officers School at Fort Trumbull.

The New London Maritime Society is honored to be able to highlight this personal link between our esteemed colleague and the school where his father helped train the thousands of officers commanding merchant ships that served as the lifeline to Allied victory in 1945. --Brian Rogers, NLMS librarian

Link to the page, below

The story is of particular interest to our Maritime Society and its museum because it pictures faculty member William Lloyd LaRoue (1895-1974), father of our recently retired (2021) head docent, William "Bill" Harvey LaRoue. A retired professor of mathematics, Bill has been a member of the Society from its earliest years, worked closely with founding director Lucille Showalter, and has long been a daily presence at the Custom House Maritime Museum. He has led countless tours, providing visitors with lively accounts of events and personalities in local maritime history.

All of the NLMS / Frank L. McGuire Library online exhibitions can be seen here.

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Yes, COVID-19, again...
Due to the current COVID-19 spike, the Custom House Maritime Museum will be closed through January, 31, 2022.

We are still working behind the scenes at the Custom House. The museum, library, and Shop may be visited by appointment.

photo: from the current SECONN Skin Divers exhibition at the Custom House, which opened in December 2021.
What's Up
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January 9, 2022

The Custom House Maritime Museum is closed through January 31, due to the current COVID-19 spike.


We thank conchologist Marion Krepcio for donating several trays of local seashells she has collected across her lifetime. If you didn't know, Marion is responsible for getting the awesome Oyster designated as Connecticut's state shellfish!

Marion's selection, above, illustrates some of the shell diversity we already have lost at our beaches. The collection soon will be on view at the Custom House.
New BOOKS in the MUSEUM SHOP
New in the SHOP: THE SOUND of THE SEA SEASHELLS and the FATE of the OCEANS
A SEA VOYAGE
A pop-up story about all sorts of boats!

Our favorite page, above, is the lightship!
Also new in the SHOP: The Secret Life of Whales. Above, the intriguing narwhal.

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In his January 6 speech, President Biden referred to the muse Clio, a sculpture of whom is above the door in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol. As shown in the painting below, Clio often is depicted recording the facts of history.
Photo, below: Clio, Muse of History, detail, oil on canvas, Charles Meiner, collection Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Muses were a group of nine nymphs in Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the sisters were particularly revered by poets and musicians, who believed that each of the nine Muses inspired a different art form. These writers hailed Clio as the muse of history, who inspired poems, plays, songs, and other works rooted in the past.

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