Above, Sam Sails Through, Saul Steinberg, 1960.
Above, top, Merrimac whaling journal, 1844 (detail)

Since posting our request for volunteers last week, we've had thirty-five scriviners jump in to help transcribe the Merrimac whaling journal.

All week long, Librarian Laurie Deredita has been putting the fresh transcripts online: 1844 -- the voyage begins!

The project's so compelling, Brian Hallenbeck wrote it up in the Day.

Can you volunteer? We're 48 pages down, with another 106 to go.

Why not try transcribing a handwritten page penned by a sailor aboard a New London whaling ship between the 1844 and 1852. New London Maritime Society seeks volunteers to decipher our whaling journal.

Email nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com, and we'll send you a guide and a photo of a page from the journal to work on.

We'd love to be able to publish the complete journal online - with your transcriptions - to coincide with historian Sandi Brewster Walker's zoom talk, Seamen of Color: Living and Sailing from the Port of New London, 1640-1880, on Sunday, February 28th, 2 PM -- there's no time to waste! Email today!

The Mary Adelaide Randall was a four-masted schooner that met her end off of Block Island in late December of 1911. Above,“Part of the Mary Adelaide Randall that drifted on to the beach of Block Island,” S.S. Tasko photograph album. Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library of the New London Maritime Society.
Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach
a zoom talk with author Jamin Wells
Sunday, January 31, 2 PM
in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum
Zoom details will be posted next week.

In his first book, Shipwrecked, Prof. Jamin Wells shows that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach--they created it. Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited it or called it home at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

By the twentieth century, the American beach had become the summer encampment of presidents, a common destination for millions of citizens, and the site of rapidly growing beachfront communities. Shipwrecked tells the story of this epic transformation, arguing that coastal shipwrecks themselves changed how Americans viewed, used, and inhabited the shoreline.

We're pleased to welcome back Jamin Wells to the Custom House. He spoke at the Jibboom Club several years ago, while here researching Capt. T.A. Scott.
This program will be presented in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum.

NLMS is a nonprofit and relies on the generosity of supporters who share our passion for the maritime world.

At this challenging time, your support is needed more than ever. Please give today.
The best link for donating online can be found on the HOME page of our website: nlmaritimesociety.org. Many thanks!

Pin the Pipe on Popeye Party Game, from the Kids Ahoy exhibition.

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What's Up at the Custom House - January 10, 2021
New London Maritime Society - local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
Anonymous, John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, United Rentals, & CDBG.

Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.
We give tours year-round.

Meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The views at the top are spectacular!

The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks. Tours for one small Covid pod of up-to four people may be arranged by emailing nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com.
Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.
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Image from Jan 09, 2021 at 4:24 PM Temp: 36°F, RH: 45.60%, Dew Point: 17 °F

Watch a time-lapse video of New London Harbor from the HarborCam, from July 8, 2019 to December 21, 2020 -- 18 months -- here.

  • Explore McGuire Library Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History -- including the new Merrimac journal posts.

  • 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.
Below, Our Merrimac journal alphabet/key.

Have a Sparkling Day!

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