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  
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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NLMS in the NEWS
‘Nutcracker’ production a force for good in community The Day  11.24.18

Judge clears path for public access to New London Harbor Light   The Day 10.10.18

Ledge Light tour offers brush with the paranormal  The Day  9.23.18

Pirate book author: rum and plundering, but no plank walks, The Day, 9.16.2018.

Maritime Society offering tours of New London Ledge Light  The Day  7.11.18

Norwich Native Son credits family, coaches, scout leaders and teachers for his success  The Day 5.30.18

Custom House celebrates National Maritime Day   The Day 5.15.18

Kindness in Real Life: Charley Moss donation boosts Maritime Society collection  The Day 3.4.18

​Rare embroidered ship portraits make their way to New London’s Custom House  The Day 3.92.18

Neighbor settles long running suit over New London lighthouse  The Day 2.2.18

Stephen Jones leads Sunday Maritime cruise to Block Island  The Day 11.3.17

For the first time the public can tour Race Rock Light  NEWS 8 wtnh.com video 8.25.17

Race Rock Lighthouse up-close  The Day 8.24.17

Tours open at Race Rock Lighthouse  The Day video 8.24.17

NL maritime society still seeking access to lighthouse   The Day May 25, 2017

Lighthouses once guided ships, now bring in the tourists, 
Fox-TV 4.24.17

Artist named NL Maritime Society’s ‘New Volunteer of the Year’ The Day 12.13.16

New leader could open path to ending Harbor Light dispute 
The Day 12.11.16

Former Coast Guard commander leads New London Maritime Society The Day 12.6.16

If I had a hammer  The Day 12.5.16

Peter Yarrow bringing the power of music to Groton benefit  
The Day 12.1.16
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Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, & preservation.
New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You may make a donation online (above), or by mail.
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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

Winter hours: January through March 
Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
High-Season hours: April through December 
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. 
Please give to our ANNUAL FUND.
None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
Bully for Woolies!
Victorian Sailors' Stitchery
Victorian Woolworks exhibition has been extended 
This exhibition celebrates a recent acquisition of 22 Victorian sailor embroideries or  'woolies' -- a recent gift from Charles B. Moss, Jr., to the New London Maritime Society. 
Like the more-familiar sailors' crafts of scrimshaw, knotting, ship models, and shell valentines, these embroidered paintings are anonymous works of folk art. Many have tremendous charm and depict scenes of ships at sea, lighthouses, patriotic symbols, and the distant shore.
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 Waeiter 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!.
Your generosity is what keeps us afloat.
Please support the NLMS ANNUAL FUND.

Annual Fund contributions make up 20% of the New London Maritime Society operating budget. Your gift to NLMS makes an immediate impact on our ability to enhance our educational offerings and preservation work both at the museum and out in the community. ​Thank you!
Attention: High School Juniors & Seniors
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 NL 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. Find out more  HERE.

Due date:Thursday, February 28, 2019

Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH! 
Saturday, March 9, 10 AM

Find seals wintering on the rocks off of New London. Find out more HERE.