We thank our Friends and Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., the Maco Family Fund
& our Lighthouse Logo business sponsors
Our year-long Third-Grade Local History Program, a partnership with the New London Public Schools and run by award-winning educator Jody Barthel, annually brings the City's 300 third grade students to visit up-to six local historic sites.
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
now on view
Bully for Woolies! Victorian Sailors' Stitchery: The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection
Opens late February, 2019
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.
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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New London Maritime Society - open year-round
your local, independent, community museum,
telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
Hours: Wednesday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
Contact: 860.447.2501 email $7 Admission
Free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, USCG cadets, active-duty military & their families
At the Maritime Museum, you will discover the enormous effect that the maritime world has on our daily lives.
None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from Community Development Bock Grants,the Bodenwn Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority, & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
We're raising money to create a preservation roadmap for Race Rock Lighthouse, and any donation will help make impact. Please join our Go Fund Me campaign!.
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Harbor Light is just a short drive from the Custom House. Groups of up-to-five people can visit up inside the lantern.
Donation: $30, $20 NLMS members, $15 youth age 7-18.
200th Anniversary of National Maritime Day
Chowder lunch at the Custom House, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at ~1PM, with a presentation by historian John Laurence Busch. Open to the public by donation.
National Maritime Day is observed on May 22, the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah, under New London Captain Moses Rogers, set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power
This year marks the 200th anniversary of that event.
Above: NLMS librarian Brian Rogers's article on Moses Rogers and the S.S. Savannah is the cover story of the spring issue of Steamship Historical Society's PowerShips.
There will be two different events to celebrate the anniversary
1.) Annual National Maritime Day Commemoration
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at noon, at the Mariners Monument at Fort Trumbull, in New London, CT;
2.) The ceremony will be followed by a Chowder lunch at the Custom House, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at ~1PM, with a presentation by historian John Laurence Busch. This event is open to the public by donation.
John Laurence Busch is an independent historian who focuses upon the interaction between humanity and technology, with a particular specialization in the first generation of steam-powered vessels. He has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah.