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.
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.
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 steamship 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.
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 nlmaritimedirector.com.
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 Societyto 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.
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.
Facebook New 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.
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.