What's Up at the Custom House

November 19, 2023

Photo, top: 40th anniversary mugs of NLMS World! $25 in the Shop.

Photo, above: Visitors to the Custom House Saturday afternoon.

The Custom House is open Wed.-- Fri., 1 to 5 PM, Sat. 1 0 AM to 5 PM;

& Sun. 1 to 5 PM.

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Cheers to our sponsors - Charter Oak Credit Union - Chelsea Groton Foundation - Community Foundation of Eastern CT - State of CT - CT Humanities - CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts - Eleven+ - Frank Loomis Palmer Fund - General Dynamics/Electric Boat - General Dynamics/Electric Boat - Maco Family Fund - Robinson+Cole - Veolia/NL Water Authority - Yankee Remodeler. Thank you!

this Tuesday, November 21, 1:30 PM


Join us on Tuesday, when Navy veteran and NLMS trustee Steve Hambey provides the enlisted man's perspective of life in the Navy Submarine Corps.

Steve Hambey writes: During my 20 yrs. in the Navy, and literally spending seven years underwater, I missed numerous birthdays and anniversaries. My Navy career included four nuclear powered submarines homeported from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Groton, Connecticut and other ports along the way. While I don't miss the stress and the time away from family, I would do it again.

Jibboom is not a club! Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund, Jibboom is friendly gathering that's free and open to all. Every month we provide a speaker, refreshments, and a congenial atmosphere in which to share in an individual's experiences of the life maritime. Please come and bring a friend!

every Saturday & Sunday at 11:45 year-round, or by appointment.

Visit Inside NL Harbor Pequot Light

Sign up today to visit inside NL Harbor Pequot Light. The views at the top are spectacular!​ Harbor Light visits take 40 minutes. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up online, or email to schedule a custom time during the week.

Tickets are $35, $30 for NLMS members, $25 youth through age 18.

Photo: A visitor last weekend. Christina Corcoran

Sunday, November 26, 6-9 PM

Open Mic at the Museum

Open Mic at the Museum meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month at the beautiful Custom House Maritime Museum.

Diverse and unscripted -- anything goes! Free-will donation $5. See you next Sunday.

Local-History & Landmarks

NLMS educator Christina Corcoran was at Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School to teach about New London in the American Revolution.

Our cooking class and book signing with Soul Food Sunday author Winsome Bingham, originally scheduled for December 1, has been postponed. Date: TBD.

Saturday, December 2, 2:30 PM -- just two weeks away

New London Maritime Society l Annual Meeting

Join us! We've got a few surprises for you. And cake!


Saturday, December 2, 4 PM

Tubas at the Maritime Museum

~ A Christmas Singalong ~

Five brass players are bringing New London a special holiday treat to the Custom House!

Happy Holidays!

In saying Happy Holidays we are wishing everyone well this season, whatever your beliefs & customs.

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This week at the Custom House...

Lately, while up late working on grant proposals, I've discovered the waterfront gets lively at night. I've become newly obsessed by the HarborCam.

Early last week the Shaw's Cove swing bridge froze! Fixing it over two nights entailed a marvelous illumination and brought out an army of workers to scale the structure, wade underneath the rails, and press against the trestles as trains rumbled through. A friend's train ride Wednesday night was three hours late -- the possibly reason was right there on HarborCam, where cranes and crews -- blasted by serious floodlights -- worked away on the tracks.

In the daytime tugs tote platforms and pilings out past the Eagle. Friday afternoon a ferry just stopped: They lowered a small boat, which no sooner sped off towards town than it floundered a bit then turned around to be hoisted back up on the ferry deck. It appears they'd gotten the engine going...

Sometimes, you could liken the HarborCam to Slow TV. Still viewers now number 4.9m+! For me, it's mesmerizing.

--Susan Tamulevich

We're online & on Facebook!

  • Watch New London HarborCam, our 24/7 eye on the harbor. It's a little like Slow TV. NL HarborCam has had 4.9 million views and 10.7 thousand likes!

  • View Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History from the Custom House Maritime Museum's Frank L. McGuire Library.
  • Facebook the Custom House SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor -- when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs.

  • Facebook New London Ledge Light  for restoration updates, summer tours & other announcements. Photo, above: Holiday cards in the Shop

  • We're on Instagram! @nlmaritime.

Photo, below: the fog slowly lifts over Ft. Trumbull Thursday morning.


& a Happy November Birthday to Margaret, Joan, Sarah, & Harry!


The CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM is open Wed., 1-5 PM, Thurs. 1 to 5 PM, Fri., 1 to 5 PM, Sat. 1 0 AM to 5 PM, Sun. 1 to 5 PM.

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