Longtime friend of the Maritime Society, commercial diver Jay Kane surprised us last week with the gift of a canvas diving suit.
That haunting suit has been the focal point of our display of deep-sea diving equipment for years.

Photo, in 2019, Jay made a surprise visit to the Custom House -- and his talk captivated students from RMMS.
The Custom House will host SECONN's annual Scuba sale in the museum courtyard on Saturday, May 21. We'll have details next week.
Saturdays at 11 & 11:45

We give tours year-round!
Meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning the 262-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lights in the country, and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The 1865 4th-order fresnel lens remains in the lantern room. Views at the top are spectacular!
Tours takes 45 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks. 
Book a tour for up-to five people or email for a custom tour.

Photo, top, Saturday's tour - from Riverhead, Christina Corcoran.
Photo above, Earth and gravel to fill the planters arrived last week, Patrick Bibeau.
What's Up at the
Custom House
May 8, 2022

The Custom House Maritime Museum & Shop are open 1-5 PM, Wednesday - Sunday, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.
Join us! Become a member sign up online!
photo above, Connecticut College Prof. Matt Swagler's African Studies class had a special tour of the Amistad exhibition last week.
We want to show off our love of the light. --Lloyd Beachy

So many people have commented that the lighthouse should be cleaned -- well, now is our chance. We're at $1,600 but need to reach $4,500 to do the job.

Please contribute! Let's Wash It! Every donation helps.
May 22 is National Maritime Day. This day reflects the gratitude that Americans have for the maritime industry and the benefits it brings to the country. The commemoration also recognizes ships and seafarers who have held a special place in the nation's history.

A ceremony will be held Sunday at noon, May 22, at Fort Trumbull. The speaker this year will be ship pilot & NLMS trustee Joe Maco.
Tuesday, May 24, 1:30 PM
Historian Eric Jay Dolin presents his new book, Rebels at Sea, on May 24. The event is by donation and space will be limited. Doors open at 1 o'clock; the program starts at 1:30.

Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
The best-selling author of Black Flags, Blue Waters reclaims the daring freelance sailors who proved essential to the winning of the Revolutionary War. The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes―as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships―thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

The Jibboom Club is not a ‘club’, but a friendly gathering of people interested in all aspects of the waterfront. Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund, meetings are free. We've got cookies & coffee, and good conversation. Please come and bring a friend.
Thursday afternoon we were offered a date for our long-awaited Lighthouse Inn event. Hours later, we heard there was a fire...

All of us at the NL Maritime Society are shocked and saddened by this setback. We are appreciative of our brave firefighters. We also support Alwyn Christie in continuing his work. Our event at the Inn seems very small in comparison to all that has just happened.

As a result, our 'wine tasting' will now be a more-simple event to salute the refurbished Lighthouse Inn, its heroic owner Alwyn Christie, and its advocate -- the former NL Economic Development Coordinator Ned Hammond. (This event is NLMS's long-delayed 2021 fundraiser & Silent Auction, and -- as you may remember -- it originally was scheduled for September 2021.)

We are hoping the event still will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 6 to 8 PM -- at the Lighthouse Inn, 6 West Guthrie Place, New London.

Thank you for your patience and support. Meanwhile please hold the date -- May 24 -- and keep your fingers crossed that we will be able to go forward at that time.

As soon as we can confirm this date, we will reopen ticketing.
NLMS Salute to the Lighthouse Inn, & Silent Auction

Sunday, May 29

OpenMic at the Museum

OpenMic meets 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month. OpenMic is a chance to meet other creatives, share ideas, have a few laughs, and gain confidence by putting yourself out there. Performers of all kinds are welcome.

Bring your bongos, read a poem, or sit back & enjoy.
Admission by donation. Photo, Christina Corcoran

Have fun, find gifts, & support the NL Maritime Society.

Visitors in the Shop from Thursday's
Eat in the Street.
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News from our neighborhood

The Annual Ocean Beach Mile-Long Tag & Craft Sale
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - RAIN DATE - Saturday May 21st 2022
Don't miss the annual Ocean Beach Mile-Long Tag & Craft Show on the Boardwalk!  Find unique items from our amazing local Vendors! Browse the handmade crafts, vintage finds and refurbished items all while enjoying a wonderful day by the sparkling sea!

Fishers Island Oyster Farm: From the Hatchery to Your Door
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. | Online Webinar
Did you know that bivalve farming benefits the ecosystem? Join the Fishers Island Oyster farm team to learn more about this as well as their techniques for farming oysters in Long Island Sound. Fishers Island Oyster Farm is a family-owned and -managed suspension-culture oyster farm based on Fishers Island, off the coast of New London, CT. Oyster farming is one of the most sustainable forms of aquaculture today and they actively ensure that their farming and business practices are environmentally sound. Click here to register.

~ Learn about more ways to reduce waste at RecycleCT.com.

No Mow May scheme promotes letting wild plants thrive to provide nectar for insects

Photo: This week we've almost got things back together in the Amistad Gallery.
We're fixing the plaster & paint on the museum's 2nd floor (i.e. new roof leaks). Consequently, admission continues by donation, and not the usual $7 fee.

  • View Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History from the Custom House Maritime Museum's Frank L. McGuire Library.

  • Facebook the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor -- when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs.

Our friends on Fishers Island had fish on Friday! You, too, may monitor developments on the OspreyCam. photo capture: Vicki Rafferty

  • We're on Instagram! nlmaritime

Photo below: It was all happening on Bank Street Thursday at Eat in the Street -- from haircuts to fire eaters. The next Eat in the Street is Thursday, June 2.
Happy Mothers' Day!

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wed.-Sun., 1-5 PM, Sat. from 10 AM- 5PM.
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