Students from the Williams School, above, told us the Amistad story!
At upper right, a RMMS teacher grabs a photo in the lobby.  
Here are both RMMS classes, below.

The museum now is open 
Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  February 17, 2019
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

John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, Matt Lynch Water Transit
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund,   Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut  
Veolia Water,   Bodenwein Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG

  New London Maritime Society - your local, independent, community museum.
Saturday, March 9  
Come'on, let's take a  SEAL WATCH !  
Saturday, March 9, 10 AM. 
The  Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip on Saturday, March 9, to view the many seals who winter off New London.  It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours  round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.

The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies!  
The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.  Call 860-447-2501 with your questions or sign up online today HERE
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London In March, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

The seal photo,  above, was taken by a guest on our seal trip with the  Black Hawk.

Right now, we are trying to raise $5,200 to fund an architectural survey of Race Rock Lighthouse, We are trying to match a donor's gift of $5,500 and already have raised $300. 
We would appreciate your support.
There are many ways you can help preserve our local lighthouses: donate, volunteer for a work party this summer, .

Attention:  High School Juniors & Seniors
Apply this month for the Reid MacCluggage Scholarship
Write an essay, short story, poem, play, movie script or
Novella about the African-American experience in the
maritime world for the chance to win a $1000
New London Maritime Society scholarship!
The Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award was established to foster an awareness of the experience of African-Americans in the context of maritime history. It honors the commitment of Reid MacCluggage, the editor and publisher of The Day newspaper from 1984-2001, to the development of multicultural awareness and excellent writing skills in students. Find out more HERE.
20th Anniversary Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award
Due date:Thursday , February 28, 2019
Now on view
Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitchery
The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection
Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes', now on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum, celebrates a recent gift of 32 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries,   
from Charles B. Moss, Jr. 

Christina is offering another series of  Stitch Your Own Woolie Workshops:  Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 11 AM-1 PM. 

Come learn how to make your own 'woolie' embroidered picture in the style of Victorian sailors!

This two-session workshop, taught by Christina Corcoran, will introduce the various tools and techniques used in the handcraft of embroidered maritime pictures (currently on view at the Custom House museum.) 

Each participant will complete their very own embroidered creation. The cost is $35 per person, $30 for NLMS members, $20 for youth (teens), and includes all necessary supplies for the workshop. Classes meet on two Sa turdays, March 23 and 30, from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Register HERE
No experience necessary.

New London Maritime Society appreciates the support of our
Lighthouse Logos League businesses  
Please click on the logos to learn more.
Our Lighthouse Logo League is a way for local businesses to reach the 1,100+ shoreline readers per week who reliably read this blast, while supporting NLMS.   Want to join? Email Susan at
We all should work together and   SHOP LOCAL! 

Make History
The Custom House is available for   private rentals.   

Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.

Call 860.447.2501


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Social Media Advanced: Facebook
Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
Christen Brewer, Brand Manager at Miranda Creative, presents an interactive and engaging workshop offering Facebook specific tips and techniques at the intermediate to advanced level.

Black History Month Film Series 
Fridays in February,  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Public Library of New London
Every Friday night in February the public is invited to join the well received  Black Film historian Lonnie Braxton for a guided film walk through Black History.
February 22, 2019: the fabulous  Black Panther   
Google was at the Public Library of New London on Friday, teaching classes on digital skills and offering 1:1 coaching. NLMS took part. 
What did we learn?
~ people on average check their phones 150 times a day. 
~ the most searched topic on Google on February 15 was not about the furlough or an impending national emergency, but the question 'What is love?'.

We also got some tips on marketing your business.

Facebook   New London Maritime Society  to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation.

We were lucky to have two USCGA cadets help us with some tricky projects on Saturday.
Santa is from Madagascar and misses the warmth.
Spencer is from Minnesota and misses the cold. Both live too far from home to go home for the long weekend. But they were happy to help out at the Custom House and we were grateful to have them.

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The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
  offers all kinds of unique items. MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases go towards supporting the museum, our exhibitions & educational programs.  
We have new matted pictures, silk-screened on thin wood, in the SHOP.


Facebook  New Lon don Harbor Light    reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about  American lighthouse preservation.  

Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest n ews about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  
Facebook the   Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts. 

The JIBBOOM CLUB is taking the winter months off, but meanwhile they've signed on to have a float in the 
NL St. Patrick's Day  parade, Sunday, March 17!  Roger Clements is readying the float and
Jody Barthel is working to have students take part.
If you attend the Jibboom Club and would like to march in costume in the parade, send us an email at We'll tall you what you need to know!
  Have a Sparkling Day!  
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New London Maritime Society
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Thank you for 35 years of support of New London Maritime Society!
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment | 860-447-2501