this Tuesday, October 19, 1:30 PM


Laurie Deredita will be our speaker when the JIBBOOM CLUB #1 meets this Tuesday, Oct 19, at 1:30 PM. Laurie will give a short talk about the Merrimac Journal Transcription Project followed by questions and comments from the audience.
The Merrimac manuscript, containing journal entries from two whaling voyages, was given to the Maritime Society in August 2020 and the crowdsourced transcription project took place in early 2021. Laurie is the librarian at the Maritime Society and the coordinator and editor of the project.
The Journal itself will be on display. There will be cake!

JIBBOOM CLUB #1, meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund, the gatherings are FREE and open to all. Please come and bring a friend!

Meeting ID: 830 7500 8399
Passcode: 086398
One tap mobile +19292056099,,83075008399#,,,,*086398# US (New York)

The Frank L McGuire Library has 16 maritime history exhibitions posted on our website. Take a look!

The Voyage of the Whaler Merrimac is one of these.
Sunday, November 7, 2-4:30 pm
photo: Race Rock Light Friday morning,.Marlin Bloethe

New London Maritime Society
- it's on the ferry!

We're dedicating 2022 to preserving lighthouses!
Come for the meeting, then stay aboard for a memorable tour.

We meet on the Cecelia Ann, Cross Sound Ferry, 2 Ferry Street, New London, CT.
Join us aboard the ferry for brief 20-minute Annual Meeting prior to the trip -- from 2 to 2:20 PM -- just 20 minutes! All NLMS members are welcome to attend the meeting (only) without charge.

After the meeting ticket-holders sit back and relax on a ferry ride out by our three lighthouses: New London Harbor Light, New London Ledge Light, and Race Rock. At each site, an authority on the specific lighthouse will explain current and future restoration projects. We'll then take a spin around Fishers Island, and be back at the NL dock by 4:30 PM. There will be delicious cake.

Special guests include Walter Sedovic & Jill H Gotthelf of Walter Sedovic Architects, who assessed and created a preservation plan for Race Rock Lighthouse in 2019. Our presentation of this plan was delayed by COVID-19. Also aboard will be Bruce Buckley, president of the Ledge Light Foundation, to report on developments at Ledge Lighthouse.

We thank the Cross Sound Ferry for generously providing the boat.

$15 for NLMS members, $20 all others, $5 children ages 7-18.
Register online 24/7:
or call 860-447-2501. We follow all COVID-19 protocols. Everyone wears a mask.
What's Up at the
Custom House
October 17, 2021

It goes in the mail on Monday.

Become a member - sign up online!
If you are a Charter Oak Federal Credit Union member and planning to donate this year- NOW- is the time to double your donation ! Learn more. Match forms are available at the museum. photo, Christina Corcoran
Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP
OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5
Saturday mornings 10 AM - 5 PM.
Museum visits are FREE for NL students & their families!
All of our docents are fully vaccinated! Everyone wears masks.
We thank our Supporters & 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, SVOG, & CDBG.
Last Day - Sunday Oct. 17
SALE in the SHOP
20% off everything!
NLMS members +10 = 30% discount

Our HOLIDAY SHOP launches November 3.
Saturday & Sunday mornings, or by appointment

Visit inside New London Harbor Pequot Lighthouse
LIS's oldest & tallest lighthouse.
Registration is now online.

Take the tour. The views from 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 lantern today. photo, ca. 1923
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.

Dates available online through November.
Custom lighthouse tours may be scheduled any time, call 203-444-2884.
Sunday, October 31, 6-9 pm
OpenMic at the Museum

Our monthly OpenMic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your original music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind.
Bring your bongos. Perform, or just enjoy. Admission by donation.
Wednesday, November 3
6:30 and 8 PM seatings

On November 3, singer Lisa Marien and guitarist Bill 'Fox' Mills return to the Custom House for the 2nd in a series of 3 Soirées taking place on the 1st Wednesdays of the month.

Our Soirées are the perfect way to top off an evening, with COVID-safe cabaret seating, Prosecco, and lovely desserts. You'll love it!
Her voice soothes, excites, invites, and delights. Lisa Marien has this thing, this jazz vibe with beautiful phrasing and such great feel. It’s a cross between Sarah Vaughan and Anita Baker, but she is her own person and has her own sound. I’m sure you will agree, her voice will make your ears smile.
— Norman Johnson, recording artist and engineer
Lisa sings songs made popular by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Ftzgerald, and Tony Bennett. Her Soirées are loosely themed.
November 3 -Thankful : songs reflecting on gratefulness and appreciation.
December 1 - Seasons of Love: including holiday selections.
Two seatings each night - at 6:30 and 8 PM. Sign up today at
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Six USCGA community service cadets helped us out at the Custom House a week ago. They measured, moved, & arranged our trove of recently donated ship models throughout the museum.

1st row: Right to left: Mandie Piszczatoski, Kira Hutchinson-Lundy; 2nd row : Brennan Suffern, Luke Lee, Katherine Morgan; 3rd row: Mychal Riccio

Thanks so much for your careful, thoughtful work.
Keep an eye on the harbor 24/7 with our New London HarborCam.
We've had 2.3 million+ views since July, 2019!
photo, a bright quiet Saturday afternoon, Oct 16, 2021 at 4:34 PM, Temp: 72F, RH: 85%, Dew Point: 67F, Sky: Broken Clouds, Wind: 17.3mph S

  • 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. We'll be reopening soon.

  • We're on Instagram! nlmaritime
photo, Brian McCarthy & family at the museum on Saturday. by Christina Corcoran
Just when we were looking for a CAKE with a whaling ship...
...who should appear at our door but Suzy Boada, the fantastic baker/ decorator, who created so many amazing cakes for us in the past. She now is freelancing and will be making a cake for JIBBOOM on Tuesday!

Here's how you may email Suzy for cakes.
Below, USCG shop models at the Custom House.

Have a Sparkling Day!

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The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wed.-Sun., 1-5 PM, Sat. from 10 AM. 860-447-25014