Work continues on 'Kids Ahoy'.

Our friends, the Blackers of Noank -- Andrew, Dave & Kevin -- created a fantastic, heavy, sturdy stand for our ship's wheel, which is destined to become a setting for selfies in our 'Kids Ahoy' exhibition. Saturday morning Colin, Kevin, Tom, and Dave brought the wheel in to the Custom House. 
Our first 'kid' to try it out was from the Navy Sub Base.

It was quite a week!

At our May 22 National Maritime Day Luncheon, we unveiled a Lars Thorsen painting -- a gift from Citizens Bank, (detail below). We were honored to have Ruth and Mike Boucher  (above), the artist's granddaughter and great-grandson, attend the event.  Thank you to  The Day, and to everyone who spoke up or wrote a letter to support our campaign to keep this painting in New London. We love it!

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open  Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  May 26, 2019
New London Maritime Society - Local  Friendly  Authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites

Feel like visiting inside Ledge Lighthouse?
The USCG just put in a new lens! Come on and see for yourself.
Memorial Day weekend tours continue today & Monday.  

Sign up online; we'll offer tours every weekend this summer.
Children must be age 7 or older.

Feel like visiting Harbor Light?

Christina is at the Custom House most Saturday afternoons. Call or stop by to take your custom tour: 860-447-2501
You also may  sign up in advance   online ; we offer tours Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and by request. Call 203-444-2884.
Children must be age 7 or older.

Some of our visitors live pretty close by.

Thank you Cross Sound Ferry!
Cross Sound Ferry just added a donation button to their Lighthouse Cruises page:
Support Lighthouse Preservation
Cross Sound Cruises is proud to support the efforts of the New London Maritime Society to save our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy and preservation. Some of the lighthouses you will see on our cruises are owned and maintained by NLMS. Please consider a donation to help support their efforts.
We announced this collaboration with Cross Sound Ferry at our National Maritime Day luncheon -- and are extremely honored that this local business, which almost single-handedly keeps New London's waterfront alive, supports our work. In fact, Adam Wronowski made the first donation! Thank you.

(Cross Sound just started their season of lighthouses cruises, too.)

New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors

John Steffian, Jr., The Maco  Family Fund, Matt Lynch Water Transit,  Frank Loomis Palmer Fund,   Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut,  Veolia Water,  & CDBG

  New London Maritime Society - your local, independent, community museum.
Wednesday, May 22
National Maritime Day is observed on May 22, the date in 1819 that the American s teamship    Savannah,  under
  New London Captain Moses  Rogers ,  
set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.  
Harold Haugeto, left, organizes the ceremony.

At the luncheon, Hugh Peltz, of Citizens Bank, left, presented a painting by Lars Thorsen to the Maritime Society.


Following the luncheon -- terrific chowder and clam cakes from Captain Scott's -- John Laurence Busch gave a rousing tribute to New London Captain Moses Rogers ; Caroline Leuze and Pauline DeMarco helped with the tidying up.

At the lunch, we also announced that the museum at Kings Point will be loaning the Custom House the bell from the first US Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Trumbull. We plan to unveil the bell at next year's event.
We're raising funds to landscape Harbor Lighthouse.

Now that our lighthouse tours have started,  we'd like to be good neighbors and landscape Harbor Lighthouse

We're looking for design help as well as financial support. 

Please donate today

Aren't you glad you waited!
Thanks to John Steffian, your Race Rock donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar!   Please support your local lighthouses!
We are working to fund an architectural survey of  Race Rock  Lighthouse.
Our architect -  Walter Sedovic Architects who worked on Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island North Light,  Faulkner's Island Lighthouse off Guilford, CT, and on the plan for Stepping Stones off of Great Neck, NY, is ready to get to work. They'll visit the lighthouse in late June.
We still need to raise $2,000; 
Now your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a generous gift from John Steffian!

New London Maritime Society appreciates the support of our
Lighthouse Logos League businesses  
Please click on the logos to learn more.
Our Lighthouse Logo League is a way for local businesses to reach the 1,100+ shoreline readers per week who reliably read this blast, while supporting NLMS.   Want to join? Email Susan at
We all should work together and   SHOP LOCAL! 

Make History
The Custom House is available for  private rentals. 
Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.   
Call Susan

 Just add sand.

New for SUMMER -- in the MUSEUM SHOP
The Ridiculous Inflatable Swan, Solights solar lights, deck chairs from the south of France, wind chimes.
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Friends of Fort Trumbull  welcome Norman Brouwer- Author and Artist- as their Speaker 
Fort Trumbull State Park. Free

City of New London Neighborhood Litter Clean-up, City of New London - All Streets.
To register your neighborhood or to volunteer and receive supplies, call 860-437-6394.
Thank You to SCRRRA for the donation of gloves & trash bags!!!

Students from Nathan Hale School visit Fort Trumbull with New London Maritime Society's Local History & Landmarks program, under the direction of NLMS education coordinator Jogy Barthel. We continue the field trips in June.
  • Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation. The winner of our annual Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship will be announced in early June.
Jason Golden spoke about the mission and future of Plum Island at last Tuesday's JIBBOOM Club #1.
  • Facebook the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP  MUSEUM SHOP gifts have that extra feel  good factor --  when you shop with us your purchases go towards  supporting our museum, exhibitions, and educational programs.
New this week -- Solight solar lights. Lightweight, collapsible, and waterproof, these versatile solar lanterns will light up your nights. We also have the Ridiculous Swan stress ball, below.

Great to have Stan back this week giving tours at Harbor Lighthouse. Not a newcomer to the business, Stan gave tours along Pequot Avenue to Ocean Beach for several years with Wheeling City Segway Tours.

  • FacebooNew London Ledge Light  reports the latest news about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  Our Fun-sized boat trips to tour inside the lighthouse began this weekend.
           John Marshall sent us this twilight photo of the Custom House.
We are pleased to announce that we've received $15,000 from the Community Foundation to support next year's Third Grade  Local History and Landmarks education program, a partnership between New London Maritime Society and the NL Public Schools. Portions of the grant are funded by the Elizabeth & Anthony Enders Fund,  the Howe Charitable Fund, the Judith Glassenberg Classroom Enrichment Fund, and Charles and Abigail Glassenberg. Thank you all for your support.

Our best wishes to Jody Barthel, Jennifer Hillhouse, and Rob Pittaway for speedy recoveries!
This Memorial Day we remember those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Thank you for 36 years of support of New London Maritime Society!
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
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