Above, Happy Birthday Bill!
Above, upper right, the Tugboat show is coming together. It opens August 10. 

Don't forget: next Sunday Nimble Arts Circus is back, with free performances on Parade Plaza at 4 and 6:30 PM!  Co-sponsored by the New London Maritime Society & the City of New London, (with help of a grant from Veolia Water)! 
What's Up at the Custom House  - July 29, 2018
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
L ocal. Friendly.  Authentic.
We are your community maritime museum.
( Can you find the Oystercatcher?) 
Thirty-five years ago, NL preservationists established the New London Maritime Society to create a home for local maritime history at the Custom House. NLMS now operates the Custom House Maritime Museum & Library, educates New London's 300 third graders with a year-long local history program, and preserves the three major  lighthouses leading into this historic port.  
In 2018, New London's US Custom House turns 185 years old.
We are working to establish an endowment so that we can continue telling the stories of our waterfront for generations to come. Won't you help?    
The first 100 people to donate $185 or more to our Endowment Fund will receive this denim bag as a symbol of New London Maritime Society and its role in the community.  
 Please DONATE.  
Your gift makes all the difference.  
Why not g ive Susan a call: 860-447-2501, or 203-444-2884 
New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT  06320   
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
Robinson + Cole    
     Docko          Cross Sound Ferry 
John Steffian, Jr.,   the  Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, Matt Lynch Water Transit  the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Veolia Water, CDBG
New London Maritime Society thanks our Lighthouse Logos League
 Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitchery + 4 
  The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection 
'Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes' celebrates a recent gift of 22 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries,  from Charles B. Moss, Jr. plus the loan for four  
spectacular woolwork pieces from a private collection.    
Our four added woolies are on loan to us only through Thursday, August 3. 
  Sailor's Woolwork of the Battle of Bomarsund, 16.5" x 25.5" , ca. 1865-1870.
This piece depicts five British navy vessels from the white and red fleets pursuing three Russian ships during the Crimean War's Battle of Bomarsund. A Russian fort at the head of an inlet is firing at the English from several cannons. Amongst woolies, multiple ships and depictions of historical scenes are rare. This piece depicts interesting landfall with trees and buildings; the sky and clouds add to the sense of movement that the ships and their sails convey.
What's Up next
  ■  Plum Island Today, with Jason D. Golden, Thursday, August 2.  
This talk has been postponed until later this fall.  
Sunday, August 5, 4 & 6:30 PM. Bring your family downtown to New London's Parade Plaza, when the City of New London & New London Maritime Society co-sponsor the renowned Nimble Arts Summer Circus, with FREE performances at 4 and 6:30 PM.  We thank Veolia / the New London Water Authority for their support of our summer programs!  

■ Talk & Tour: Fishers Island and the Ferguson Museum, with Pierce Rafferty. Friday, August 10. This event is SOLD OUT. 
This excursion is offered again on Thursday, September 13.
Register for September 13  HERE.   
■ Opening: The Art of the Tugboat. Friday, August 10, 6 PM. This exhibition celebrates a donation of tugboat models and paintings to NLMS from collector Steve Martin. Artists contributing to the exhibition include Steve Cryan, Paul Farrell, Hardie Gramatky, and Marek Sarba, and Day photojournalists. 
■ Jibboom Club: Pilotage in America II - Long Island Sound, with Captain Joseph Maco MNI,
Tuesday, August 21, doors open at 1 PM, program starts at 2. Captain Joseph Maco continues his discussion of 40 years working as a ship pilot in Long Island Sound. FREE. 
■ Illustrated Talk - Benefit: Tugboats, Steamships & Trains, from New York to Maine, with Steve Cryan.  Sunday, September 9, 4 PM.  Artist-historian Steve Cryan presents an
illustrated talk: Tugboats, Steamboats and Trains (and a few lighthouses), from New York to Maine -- all the things that Steve loves best! The event benefits New London Maritime Society. $20, $18 members, $6 youth. brownpapertickets.com/event/3518289
Steve is a watercolor artist, illustrator, modelmaker, and  photographer. He has curated the
holiday train show at the Connecticut River Museum for 25 years. The official artist for the
Thames Tow Boat Company, Steve also gives their lighthouse tours.■.
We've got fun-sized boat trips (just six passengers) to visit inside Ledge Lighthouse coming up on Tuesday morning, Friday & Saturday...
Please sign up online at least 12 hours in advance at
  Make HISTORY. Rent the Custom House  for your private event.
Call 860-447-2501 or email nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com to find out more. 
Visit inside Ledge Lighthouse, with  
The Atlantic Paranormal Society!
Saturday, September 22!
We're taking the big blue Project O boat out to Ledge Lighthouse with a team from TAPS - The Atlantic Paranormal Society (a group -but not the TV personalities- associated with the long-running Ghost Hunters television series 2004-2016 ). We provide the history of both Ledge and Race Rock Lights, TAPS gives the paranormal overview. It's a fundraiser for NLMS & local lighthouse preservation. 
Sign up today! Register at brownpapertickets.com/event/3565122
photo of the Race Rock lantern courtesy National Geographic  
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Create the Vote: Connecticut's cultural richness is a big part of why residents love to live here. If you, too, believe the arts are important, please consider joining our state's cultural leaders in New Haven on
Tuesday, July 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., as a number of our gubernatorial candidates participate in a forum on Arts, Culture, and the Future of CT's Economy. Several of the candidates have agreed to attend (Joseph Ganim, Oz Griebel, Rod Hanscomb,  Tim HerbstNed Lamont, Marisa Manley, David Stemerman), and the rest are invited (Mark Boughton, Steve Obsitnik, Kameron Scott, Bob Stefanowski, Micah Welintukonis).  
They all have also been asked to respond to arts and culture questionnaires.  
The forum is free and you can sign up here.    
We met up with Linda Gramatky Smith in Essex. Linda is the daughter of Hardie Gramatky, who created the children's book Little Toot. Linda brought us several original works, left, for the Art of the Tugboat exhibition which opens at the Custom House on August10. 
Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation . We also post community and conservation / preservation news.   
Custom House Maritime Museum   is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, as well as with news of interest about museums.        
The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP  offers all kinds of unique gifts.
Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a  museum ticket to come in. MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum, exhibitions, & educational programs. Above, note cards and books for young people in the SHOP.   
The Coast Guard has made these waterproof labels available to people with small boats and paddle boards free of charge. Should your boat slip into the water, this ID will let the USCG find you, without doing a full search at sea. We've got some. Come pick one up at our desk. 
Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest news about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  This is where we post the latest info about our fun-sized lighthouse tours. 

Facebook the  Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts.
Facebook New London Harbor Light   reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation. It is sad to realize that three years have gone by when we have not been allowed to bring New London's third graders -- nor anyone else --to visit the lighthouse.     
We continue our work to re-establish public access  to New London Harbor Light, a beloved local historic landmark.
F acebook Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tou rism and preservation efforts. 
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Slow and steady -- progress  continues at the Inn.  
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area  lighthouses.   
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.    
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound  posts special events, boat tours, and dates to watch.    
Below, A Sunset Tour by Ledge Lighthouse.    
  Have a Sparkling Day!
Thank you for your support of New London Maritime Society!
Your membership provides annual operating funds for our Museum & Lighthouses.  
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
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