NLMS's John Michael Corcoran Museum Day Fund provides free admission to the Custom House for all New London students and their families. Support the Fund.
Above, Ruby, a student in our third-grade Local History & Landmarks program, visited with her family on Friday and showed everyone her drawing in the exhibition.
Now through Labor Day, thanks to the American Rescue Plan, Governor Lamont, DECD, & CT Humanities, Connecticut children plus one accompanying adult can visit NL's Custom House free of charge.
NB: this state offer is for individual CT residents, not camps, troops, or schools.

We got 'em!

Thanks to your donations, we now have a collection of 20+ documents related to the 1796 Triangle Trade voyage of the brig Patty, out of New London. The ship was traveling as a neutral, seized by a French privateer and taken to Antigua, where it was condemned for carrying 'contraband'.



Our thanks to Laurie Deredita, Erin Hickey, Susan Johnston, Suzanne Kelly, Mark Seth Lender, Patricia Oat, Robert Pittaway, Brian and Carol Rogers, Harry Smith, George Sprecace, and Barbara Tamulevich for generously donating to our campaign to purchase and preserve these documents.
NL State Pier History at the JIBBOOM CLUB July 20
Tuesday, July 20, at 1:30 PM Above photo: Ted Hendrickson

NLMS online exhibitions librarian, Brian Rogers, will be the guest speaker at the Jibboom Club when the JIBBOOM CLUB#1 meets on Tuesday, July 20, at 1:30 PM. Brian will speak about his recently updated online exhibition Bringing the Ships to New London: A Tale of Two Piers, a history of the New London State Pier.

(John Henshaw, executive director of the CT Port Authority, previously scheduled for July 20, will be rescheduled for a later date.)
The Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP
OPEN Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
All of our docents are fully vaccinated! Read about our safety measures.

New London Maritime Society - local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites

What's Up at the Custom House - July 11, 2021
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
Anonymous, Christina Corcoran, Nick Korstad, The Maco 
Family Fund, Dominion Foundation, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, & CDBG.
Visit inside
New London Harbor Pequot Lighthouse
Registration is now online.
Take the tour. The views at the top are spectacular! We meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, the oldest and the tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound.
A fourth-order Fresnel lens, installed in 1857, remains in the lighthouse today.
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone must be vaccinated. We all use hand sanitizer and wear masks. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.

Custom lighthouse tours may be scheduled any time, call 203-444-2884.

Sunday July 25, 7-9 PM

OPEN MIC

Musician Joe Gilbert writes:
One of the things I have looked forward to was the return of our Open mic night at The Custom House Maritime Museum in New London. Based on the success of our last two nights, we are eager to get up and running. I’m planning on hosting outside in the courtyard on Sunday July 25 from 7-9 PM. The Museum , like many other non profit endeavors relies entirely upon the generosity of its members and especially its guests. Musicians are always among the first to offer help and we love playing and singing in such a beautiful place. Let me know if this is something you might want to attend. We are going to try and help save this great place and encourage everyone to visit now and take a Lighthouse tour and enjoy the Shoreline!
Our friend and Custom House Maritime Museum Board member Christina Corcoran will be co hosting . Thanks for having us over! Above photo: Christina Corcoran
Aymeric Dupré la Tour's Pirate Fantasy
Custom House Soiree at Eat in the Street sold out!
Thanks to everyone who attended!


Have you been in the SHOP lately?
The MUSEUM SHOP offers all kinds of treasures.
Our gifts have an extra feel-good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases support museum exhibitions and education!
Right, marine alphabet blocks, with semaphore, knots, & flags. Non-toxic. Made in the USA. In Michigan.

So much fun to have all these young people visiting the Custom House.
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The City of New London’s Old Town Mill is open for free tours every other Saturday during July and August.

Dates for tours are July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

NLMS is happy to announce we recently received a Quick Grant from CT Humanities to help us revise our museum experience with an orientation video, gallery guides and improved signage!
Let's Hear It for the VOLUNTEERS!
Volunteers at Wednesday night's Soiree: Roger, Pam, Jenny & Norma. Thanks to you all --and especially to Christina, who managed the event!
Bill Tuttle was in to help on Friday with NLMS president Christina Corcoran.

  • Keep an eye on the harbor 24/7 with the New London HarborCam. 1.9 million viewers already do! Image 7.9.21 at 5:01 PM. The rain is over.



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