Great to have old friends stop by the Custom House.
     
Alice Houston was in to plan for the party of the season: our dinner to celebrate National Lighthouse Day, August 7 (save the date!). Alice also donated a sailor suit from her attic to Kids Ahoy, above.
     
Dale Plummer, upper right, is celebrating his 30th year as Historian of Norwich. He currently is researching a steamship disaster, raising funds for a howitzer, and planning for a couple of 2020 anniversaries.

Re: Kids Ahoy -- we still need a mast for our exhibition. If you have one to donate, please email Susan.


The Custom House Maritime Museum is open  Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  June 30, 2019
New London Maritime Society - Local  Friendly  Authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites
    
YOU  did it!
You raised the funds for Race Rock's preservation plan.
     
Thanks to Anonymous, Anonymous 2, Eliza Bragg, Joanne Cain of Chelsea Groton Bank, Michael DuPont, Cathy Fales, Fishers Island PhotographyAugusta Foshay-Rothfled, Leslie Goss, Eleanor Mariani, Mike McNamara, Pierce Rafferty, Smith Insurance and Brown & Brown of Rocky Hill, George Sprecace, John Steffian, and Barbara Tamulevich!

The great and great-great granddaughters of T.A. Scott, below, came to visit from North Carolina this weekend. Capt'n Scott built Race Rock Lighthouse, which opened in 1878.

(Sing Along) 
 by  Erika Eigen 
I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
And keep him company
I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
Won't that be okay? 
We'll have parties on a coral reef 
And clam-bakes on the shore
We'll invite the neighbours in
And seagulls by the score
I dream of living in a lighthouse, baby
Every single day
I dream of living in a lighthouse
The white one by the bay
So if you want to make my dreams come true
You'll be a lighthouse keeper too
We could live in a lighthouse
The white one by the bay.
I'll polish his lamps by the light of day
So the ships at night can find their way
I wanna marry a lighthouse keeper
Won't that...
And live by the side of the sea
I'll polish his lamps by the light of day
So the ships at night can find their way
I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
Won't that be okay? 
We'll have parties on a coral reef 
And clam-bakes on the shore
We'll invite the neighbours in
And seagulls by the score
I dream of living in a lighthouse, baby
Every single day
I dream of living in a lighthouse
The white one by the bay
So if you want to make my dreams come true
You'll be a lighthouse keeper too
We could live in a lighthouse
The white one by the bay.
I'll polish his lamps by the light of day
So the ships at night can find their way
I wanna marry a lighthouse keeper
Won't that...

Our architect -  Walter Sedovic Architects who worked on Block Island S outheast  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 July.
     

Feel like visiting inside Ledge Lighthouse?
Fun, educational, our lighthouse trip makes a great graduation present!
Daneen Roth caught this photo of our tour guide Stan talking about the light. 

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

Visit inside NL Harbor Pequot Light
       
Sign up in advance   online ; we offer tours Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and anytime by request. Call 203-444-2884.
     
Christina is at the Custom House most Saturday afternoons. Call or stop by to take your custom tour: 860-447-2501
      



Last Saturday we met Mary, the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of New Londoner Abisha Woodward, who built the current (2nd) Harbor Lighthouse in 1801. Here she is up in the lighthouse. (Thanks for the photo, Stan.)

     
Children must be age 7 or older.
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.
Tuesday, July 16
    
David Lersch will be the guest speaker  at July's JIBBOOM CLUB #1
Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 PM, doors open at 1

David will give a presentation on a Coast Guard Investigation he led involving the disappearance of the Commercial Fishing Vessel  Linda E  on Lake Michigan.   The vessel and all hands were lost in December 1998 without a trace.    The investigation lasted 18 months and involved multiple agencies and unique resources for assistance. When the Search and Rescue was suspended, it was up to David's office to make a determination as to what happened.
     
Join Russ and Rob for good conversation, a guest speaker, coffee & cookies. Please come and bring a friend. Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund.

     
Please support the New London Maritime Society. 
New London's Custom House building is 186 years old. If you donate $186 to our endowment, you'll receive this lovely tote depicting our universe (& a few of our favorite things) as a symbol of our thanks. 
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


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We all should work together and   SHOP LOCAL! 
THEN  &   NOW
Fort Trumbull 1813 &  2019
       
The view towards Fort Trumbull from the New London  waterfront.
       
The original 
Fort T rumbull
was built   in 1777   near the mouth of the  Thames River  on  Long Island Sound Its guns faced the water, but in 1781  during the  American Revolutionary War  the fort was attacked from the opposite side - by land -  and captured by British forces under the command of Benedict Arnold
       
The fort was repaired, then redesigned and rebuilt in 1812 to meet changing military needs under a second system of US fortifications . Secretary of War  Henry Dearborn 's reported on the fortifications in December 1811 as 'an irregular enclosed work of masonry and sod, mounting 18 heavy guns [with] a brick barracks for one company.' The watercolor,  above top, one of the only depictions of that second system fort, is from the New London Maritime Society collection. 
        
The present fort was built between 1839 and 1852 as one of a group of 42 forts constructed for the defense of the coast of the United States, and for defense of the harbors they guarded. (Lighthouses, too, were considered part of this defense system.) The forts became known as the Third System of Fortifications. Fort Trumbull,a wonderful example of its era, is unique in the "Third System" because of the Egyptian Revival features incorporated in its design. 
        
As seen above,  the fort  now  lies adjacent to the Coast Guard Station New London. It  is managed as the 16-acre Fort Trumbull State Park by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.   (Wikipedia, DEEP)
Make  History
The Custom House is available for  private rentals. 
         
Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.   
We've got the plates, silverware, linens, tables & chairs. 
Give Susan a call: 860-447-2501.   
 
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Save the Date: Wednesday evening, August 7, for a special dinner / fundraising event celebrating National Lighthouse Day at the Custom House.   Alice is working out the details...tba

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Our friend David is having a show -  Stars & Lighthouses: The Night Photography of David Zapatka  through September 6,  Gallery at the Connecticut Cancer Center , Old Saybrook.
We carry his book, left. in the MUSEUM SHOP.




  • 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.
Need a dash of red-white-&-blue for the 4th? We've got it in the MUSEUM SHOP.

We also have everything fun for at the beach or around the pool.       
Christina, two visitors, and our new intern, Wasig's sefie in the lantern room at Harbor Light.
 
 
Happy 4th!
   
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