below:  New London Light from the North East, oil on canvas, William Gooding, ca. 1909. collection Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Now on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum, New London, Connecticut.

No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.

None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running our local-history clas for NL's thrid graders, or researching a manuscript in our library. By contributing to the Society's Annual Fund, you provide the essential day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New London's maritime heritage. 
Every contribution counts.

Please take a moment to make a 100% tax deductible donation to the  New London Maritime Society. The New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank St, New London, 06320, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, tax ID #06-10866688.

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The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
Stars & Lights - David Zapatka's nighttime photographs of regional lighthouses are on view through May 2016

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.

Vintage Dive Helmets 
from two private collections:  Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.

The museum's most important artifact may well be the building, itself. Built in 1833 as New London's U.S Custom House and designed by architect Robert Mills, it has been the museum's home since 1983. New London's  Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.

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in the NEWS
Zoning board denies New London lighthouse owner’s request for tours The Day  5.19.16

Ellery Thompson’s legend continues at Custom House  The Day 4.2.15

Owners of New London Harbor Lighthouse seek special permit  The Day 2.6.16

Owners of New London lighthouse seek end to legal troubles
The Day 1.2.16

What does the future hold for offshore lighthouses? Shelter Island Reporter 12.15.15

Maritime Society attacks unfair and unwarrantedOp-Ed  The Day 10.30.15

State funds a boost to two New London nonprofits The Day 10.4.15

A permit for New London lighthouse not such a bad idea The Day 9.28.15     Here is our Appeal 10.7.15

New London Lighthouse Owners Fight Order To Stop Tours  The Hartford Courant 9.25.15

New London Celebrates 225 Years of US Custom Service  9.15.15

A cease and desist order blocks access to New London Harbor Light  WTNH TV 9.15.15

New London Lighthouse Reflects Tastes Of City's Wealthy The Hartford Courant 8.22.15

Nimble Arts Circus wows in New London  The Day 8.9.15

New London Maritime Society takes over as New London Ledge Light owner  The Day 8.7.15

Take a Tour of New London Ledge Light  WTNH TV 8.6.15

Meet Ernie: The Ghost Of The Ledge Light Lighthouse  Hartford Courant 8.7.15

Spanish History Docks in New London
FOX TV 7.31.15

Replica of Spanish Galleon Moored in New London  NBC TV 7.30.15

Tall ship El Galeón arrives at New London waterfront  The Day 7.29.15

VIDEO: Tall ship El Galeón arrives at New London’s City Pier  The Day 7.29.15

A Guiding Beacon: New London’s ‘Pequot’ Lighthouse Antiques and the Arts WeeklyJuly 10, 2015

New London non-profit fights for historic lighthouse access
FOX TV news  6.25.15

New London Maritime Society pushes harder for dock as it faces another property dispute   The Day 6.21.15

New London EDC recognizes three water-related enterprises The Day  6.14.15

‘Sea to Table’ celebrates New London’s seafood bounty 
The Day 6.10.15

Video: director Susan Tamulevich - MUSEUM MADNESS - New Canaan Public Library 5.9.15

Photos: Amistad Returns Hartford Courant   5.2.15

Amistad welcomed to New London for the summer 
The Day  5.1.15

Maritime Society director Susan Tamulevich on Community Culture Showcase TV program 4.20.15

North Stonington lighthouse keeper appears on National Geographic Channel  The Day  4.16.15

Amistad tours will be available in New London to students 
The Day  4.13.15

Video: The Mystique of the Lighthouse: Legend and Lore, at Hartford's Old State House, with Jeremy D'Entremont, Judy Dworin, and NLMS director Susan Tamulevich
CT-N  3.30.15

Custom House exhibit ties together two generations of knotters  The Day 3.21.15

History Around the Corner: The Custom House in New London  New London Times 1.14.15

Historian at New London Maritime Society program says former slave produced landmark work
The Day 12.14.14

Lighthouse Kids are Bright Beacons The Day 11.12.14

New London Harbor Light visitors enjoy view from the top
The Day 10.13.14

New London’s renaissance  Boston Globe 10.9.14

Editorial: Maritime Society apt owner of New London lighthouses The Day  9.18.14

New London Maritime Society granted ownership of Ledge Light   The Day  9.17.14 

Connecticut lighthouses offer tours, activities
Providence Journal  9.14.14

To The Lighthouse: Tours, Museums And Festivals
Gothamist   9.3.14

Amistad's story endures after 175 years   The Day 8.26.14 

Taking In the History of New London, a City Shaped by the Sea   The New York Times  8.15.2014

Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day  7.23.14

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Watch the scaffolding go up!

In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light.  See it HERE.

See our Video about Race Rock Light Station 
(thank you Todd Gipstein)​.

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The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 

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    New London Maritime Society - open year-round       your local, independent, community museum
      telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
    OPEN: April through Dec., Wednesday--Sunday 1-5 PM
      January through March, Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
      Admission $7. USCG cadets, active-duty military and
      their families, and children 14 and younger: Free!
​     150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 - 860-447-2501 
 Congratulations to US! On August 6, 2015, New London Maritime Society took ownership of a 3rd lighthouse: New London Ledge Light.  The cake, above, is by The Cake Lady.
We had Spanish exchange students visiting the Custom House Tuesday morning on their way to NYC. After learning about our lighthouses, they showed us pictures of their local lighthouse -- which dates back to Roman times. The students were amazed to see the actual document for Neal Armstrong, (below), when he reentered the US from the Moon and made his US Customs declaration for 'MOON ROCK AND MOON DUST SAMPLES'.  
Our museum shop offers all kinds of unique gifts. 
We have a special section full of fun things for kids. Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a museum ticket.

Artist Alan Claude has just completed his silk screen print of Race Rock Light, above.
Both Race and Ledge Lights are featured in his 2017 calendars. We will have both prints (in 2 sizes) and both Alan's mini and full-sized 2017 calendars in the Museum Shop towards the end of May.

In our shop you will find something for every occasion, from baby gifts to beautiful maritime-themed items. Pick a souvenir as a memory of you of your museum visit or bring home gifts for friends and family. All items are related to the sea or New London (we have lots of whales!), with a maritime twist that can be quite surprising! 

The MUSEUM SHOP is open Thursday -- Sunday, from 1-5 PM.

Frank Glasso's new 2' x 3' poster of downtown New London's historic buildings, see below, is now available in the Museum Shop. The poster sells for $20.
For an added $6, we'll pack the poster up in a protective tube and mail it off.
Call 860-447-8700 to have your poster mailed today.
Thank you CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection! 
Design of DEEP's Duck Stamp, right, is an annual contest. This year's winner is artist Jeffrey Klinefelter, of Etna Green, Indiana, who depicted three Atlantic Brandts passing New London Harbor Light. 
 Buy a 2016 Connecticut Duck Stamp or reproduction print, signed by the artist; all funds support the enhancement of wetland and associated upland habitats. 
You may purchase the signed 2016 Duck Stamp print through the MUSEUM SHOP. It's $200. Call 860.447.2501.

Dear friends of New London Maritime Society,

None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running our local-history classes with New London's 3rd grade, or researching a manuscript in our library. By contributing to the Maritime Society, you provide the essential day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New London's maritime heritage.

Every contribution counts.

Visit the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.

JIBBOOM CLUB #1             
Tuesday, June 21, Tuesday, 1 - 4 PM 
Chasing Scott: Researching New London's 'Master Wrecker'

Historian Jamin Wells first encountered T.A. Scott on a wrecked coal schooner 50 feet under Narragansett Bay. Told "you won't find anything about him," Wells has spent the past decade researching this "great American Hero." Join him on Tuesday, June 21 as he discusses his fascinating hunt for New London's master wrecker.

New London's Jibboom Club #1 meets monthly, April through November, on the third Tuesday of the month for a speaker's program, coffee, cupcakes, and good conversation. Donation for refreshments, only. 860-447-2501.

Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals.  
NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors  and 100 people outdoors.
Ellery Thompson's birthday party
was terrific! Thank you, all. 
We Celebrated Ellery Thompson's 117th Birthday with a fund-raiser to restore Racing to Market, and raised $1,600. We need $2,900 more.
Donate now HERE.

Last November, we were given a beautiful early painting by Ellery Thompson. It needs help. More serious than the heavy coating of nicotine, areas of think paint are starting to flake.

You know Ellery - the Stonington fisherman immortalized by Joseph Mitchell with two 1940s-era profiles in The New Yorker; a painter, who also wrote two autobiographies about his experiences as a dragger-boat captain plying the waters in and around New London. We love Ellery at the Custom House, and often reference his stories about life on the water. Read the profiles HERE.

 This birthday party was the start of our fund-raising effort. We thank Andrew Balcker, Steve Jones, Katie Bradford, Marion Krepcio, Christopher Dunklee, Mystic Oysters, and the Real McCoy Rum.
'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed' - with artist Josie Iselin
Friday, June 24, 7 PM 
Please join Josie Iselin as she reads from her book, 'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed'. Josie will present her stunning imagery of ocean botanica and explain her unique process of using her flatbed scanner to capture the seaweed's underwater essence.  
Josie will continue with the fascinating biology of seaweed to explain its important place in our near-shore ocean environment.
Please join us for a joyful comingling of art and science! Books will be available for signing.
Admission $15, NLMS  members $12
Learn more & register HERE.
​Stars and Lights, night-time photographs of regional lighthouses, by David Zapatka, are on exhibition this spring at the Custom House through June, 2016.

Lighthouses include Race Rock (above), New London Harbor, Avery Point, Stratford Point, Old Saybrook, and Lynde Point as well as Dutch Island from RI.

Prints of many of these images are may be purchased in the MUSEUM SHOP.

In October 2013, news cameraman David Zapatka took the first of what has become a series of sixty-five New England lighthouse photographs, captured under clear, dark skies during the monthly new-moon phase. Through extensive research, and with cooperation from Coast Guard authorities, local harbormasters, and private landowners, his series called Stars and Lights has expanded from Rhode Island lighthouses to those throughout New England and New York.

David Zapatka is president of the Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse in North Kingstown and was responsible for the creation of the Rhode Island lighthouse license plate that has sold over 9000 sets and raised over $180,000 for the preservation of the local icon.
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Stars and Lights is now on exhibition at the Custom House Maritime Museum through June.

As you know, New London Harbor 'Pequot' Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound. According to the US Coast Guard, one can see more lighthouses from the lantern at New London Harbor Light than from any place on earth.  

Although all seven New London Planning & Zoning Commission members expressed the sentiment that allowing neighbors, school children, and the public to visit Harbor Lighthouse was a good thing, we are sad to report that, at last Thursday's P&Z meeting, only two members voted in favor of our proposed zoning text amendment, with five opposed

No suggestion was made for how we can move forward to allow visitation to this historic site. 

New London Maritime Society will continue working to find a solution...  
We thank you for your continued support.

Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who knows them best. 
For 2016, we present an expanded version of our Yankee Magazine award-winning 'Best Lighthouse Tour' aboard the 20-passenger Popeye.  Register HERE.
Find your lighthouse!