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.

New London Maritime Society (NLMS) - CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut  06320 -  phone: 860-447-2501 fax: 860-447-8086
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
US Customs 226th Anniversary  through April 2016

A History of the Revenue Cutter Service & U.S. Coast Guard Sail Training Vessels curated by Norman Brouwer

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 -- this is its 180th anniversary. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.

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in the NEWS
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 Maritime Society loses zoning appeal for Harbor Lighthouse  The Day  9.25.15

New London lighthouse owners fight cease-and-desist order The Day 9.24.15

New London lighthouse owners appeal cease-and-desist order The Day  9.23.15

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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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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Don and LeVon Atkins
Aribel Fund
Sandra and Lloyd Beachy
Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop Family Living Trust
Douglass Bjorn
Katie Bradford
Nancy Chester
Kristin Clarke
G. Thomas Couser
Greg Crocker
Capt. and Mrs. John P. Cromwell
Bruce and Ellen Cummings
Sue and Len Davis
Russ and Pauline DeMarco
Laurie and John Deredita
John P. Desjardins
Elizabeth and Anthony Enders
Jan and Larry Erhart
Louise Fabrykiewicz
James Fleishell
Herb Floyd
Paul and Timothy Foley
Mel Foti
Sandy and Walter Friess
Josephine Gangitano
Marty Glavan
Robert Groves
Karen and Frank Guidice
Teresa Hamilton
Mary Ellen Hanrahan
Kristen and Dawn Harkness
Joyce and Bruce Hart
Arthur Higbee
Jen Hillhouse
Anita Hochstein
Ken Holloway
Barbara Hoover
Elizabeth Hopkins
Alice Houston
Paul and Mary Illiano
Harrison Jewett
Kitchings Family Foundation
William LaRoue
Carolyn Leuze
Spike Lobdell
Tim Longregan
Robin L. Lott
J.Richard Ludgin
Michelle Maitland
Amy Shahan Mantie  
Linda Mariani
Morgan and Lisa McGinley
Frank and Linda McLaughlin
Philip and Christine Medbury
Glenna Moalli
Brian Murphy
Jean and Dick Murphy
Barbara Nagy
Gail Narita
Barbara Neff
New England Science and Sailing (NESS)
Penny Newbury
Mark Novitch
Kathleen O'Bierne
Anne Ogden
Margaret Palmer
Michael Passero
Dana Peters
Peggy Peters
Alma Peterson
Robert Pittaway
Melissa and Michael Plumley
Charles Primus
Ruth Reluga
Irene Rissi
Katherine Procopio
Brian Rogers
Carol and Aaron Rogovin
Linda Roselund
Daneen and Greg Roth
Tim Ryan
Nan Scheiber
Rob Scofield
Sarah Shrewsbury
Jean and Steve Sigel
David and Leslie Spinelli
Harry Smith
George Sprecace
Sarah Steffian
Greg Stone
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Barbara Tamulevich
Susan Tamulevich
Teresa Ton
Gail and Bill Tubbs
Frederica Valois
Rick Waterhouse
Mr. Mrs. William Blunt White
Hannah Will
JH Zunda

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providing free admission to active-duty members of the armed services and their families all year
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NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors  and 100 people outdoors.
    New London Maritime Society - open year-round       your local, independent, community museum
      telling the stories of New London's waterfront.

     OPEN January-March: Thursday through Sunday,
     1 to 5 PM, / (closed Monday-Wednesday,) Admission $7. 
​     150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 - 860-447-2501 

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.

August 6, 2015    Congratulations to US! Today, New London Maritime Society took ownership of a 3rd lighthouse: New London Ledge Light.  The cake, below, is by The Cake Lady.
It was a good year! above from top, our NL 3rd-grade local history program, we hosted the Amistad, with the City of new London we were the local host for el Galeon.
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.

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.
Visit the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP for all things whale, maritime, & New London! 
And yes,we've got pinwheels! 
The MUSEUM SHOP is open from 1 to 5 PM, Thursday through Sunday.
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. Our thanks to David Lersch for spotting the stamp and letting us know! .
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.

For thirty-two years, New London Maritime Society has preserved our maritime heritage and brought it to life at the Custom House Maritime Museum. New exhibitions this year focused on the 225th anniversary of the USCG and the 226th of US Customs. Especially for young people, our new exhibition, Kids Ahoy, illustrates the maritime influence on children's fashions, toys and entertainment.

Please make a 100% tax deductible donation to the New London Maritime Society ANNUAL FUND.

The New London Maritime Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, tax ID #06-10866688. NLMS receives no regular funding from any other organization. We rely entirely on donations and the money raised from visitors to the Museum. There is only one staff member; the museum is run by a dedicated band of volunteers who give generously of their time.

Every contribution counts.

Many thanks for your support, and best wishes for the Holidays, 

We talk about the Custom House as a community museum, and the other day someone asked exactly what that meant. At the simplest level, we are an open membership group; we welcome everyone to take part in whatever way they feel comfortable. Some people give us money, some people give us things, some people bring us things. While the New London Maritime Society
actively collects and owns most of the items on view at the Custom House, a surprising number of objects are on loan from people in the community. People come to us with ideas for exhibitions,too. The current USCG sail-training ship show by Norman Brouwer, and the US Customs Service 225th anniversary exhibition by the US Customs Museum Foundation are two such examples, not to mention the remarkable array of vintage deep-sea dive gear we've borrowed from two local collectors.

Our pods of volunteers -- the docents who keep the doors open, the teachers who create and give lessons for school groups, our Jibboom Club organizers, the maintenance team, the lighthouse tour givers, our stellar library crew (see page 2) -- are the workers who keep everything humming. (NLMS has just one paid employee.) And then, from each of these working groups we draw our trustees, each of whom is truly knowledgeable of the needs of the organization.

We seek out all manner of local mariners to participate with us. Last year we brought in shellfish farmers and local fishermen to speak at a series of Sea-to-Table cooking classes. We hire local captains for our lighthouse boat tours. We buy locally and support area businesses. When we really need something, we ask, and more often than not, local businesses give back. We love the Sea Scouts and the Coast Guard cadets who volunteer at the Custom House. And while all these people don't necessarily join the Maritime Society, we know they're there for us and they know we're here for them.

We collect and celebrate New London's maritime stories. We preserve our shared heritage in a major way, taking responsibility for four significant buildings--no mean feat. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is doing a book on state's 100 significant buildings. We recently learned our three Connecticut properties (Race Rock Light is in New York) will be among the 100 in that book.

New London Maritime Society was founded with the preservation of the City's federal custom house. But our other raison d'etre is education. We are very proud to sponsor a year-long local history series of field trips for New London Public School's 300 third graders.

 If you only know us through our lighthouses, you've missed 80% of what we do. Last year we feted the USCG and hosted the Amistad and el Galeon. This summer we'll help celebrate the Sub-tenniel - a year-long recognition of Sub Base New London. What else? We're your museum. Maybe you've got an idea. We'd love to hear it. ■

Visit the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP

SAVE THE DATE - for a special Valentine's Day concert  
Change of Heart: with Treble Play
Sunday, February 14, at 2 PM  

Time In A Bottle 
A Valentine PoetryWorkshop
--with poet Kate Rushin

Explore your creativity to make a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, family member, your valentine, or yourself
Saturday, February 13, 10 AM - 12:30 PM.
In this hands-on workshop, poet and teaching artist  Kate Rushin
guides participants as they write their own 'message in a bottle.Be inspired by songs, poems and accounts of love messages tossed into the sea. Feel free to bring special objects ( a photo, a key, a shell, a feather, a marble) to place in the bottle along with your wishes, dreams, and declarations. Choose from bottles and materials provided to create your designs, or bring your own. Honor a loved-one. Commemorate a special occasion. Make someone laugh. 
Create a unique Valentine.Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.
This poetry workshop is for all levels of experience.

$30 general admission, $25 NLMS members and students
Call 860-447-8700. 
Please register online
NLMS 2016 Reid MacCluggage Black
Maritime History Scholarship for High School Juniors & Seniors. due Feb. 29.
SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, April 20
Two special events:
Brillian Beacons, with Eric Jay Dolin
LIS Lighthouse Symposium

In conjunction with a book talk by Eric Jay Dolin, NLMS is planning an afternoon Long Island Sound Lighthouse Symposium. Please check back as details are set.

In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-
selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.

Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America's lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation's hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country's efforts to adopt the revolutionary "Fresnel Lens," and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves.

​Call 860-447-8700 with questions, Register online HERE.
​Sponsored, in part, by Chelsea Groton Bank.
Treble Play members Allyn Donath - harp; Anne Megan - oboe; Irene Rissi - violin/viola have played for orchestras and bands, chamber ensembles large and small, churches and community events, weddings and funerals. Now these three friends and colleagues play together for the joy of playing with the music. 
'Change of Heart’ is a collection of love/romance linked pieces (some familiar, some not) - which they have arranged for a unique combination of instruments.
The program includes folk, cajun, Schumann, & Strauss: American tunes, classics, waltzes and jigs. They'll end by inviting the audience to use their voices to be part of the program.
$12 NLMS members, $15 for non-members.Space is limited.
Call 860-447-2501 - register online 
Earlier in the day on Wednesday afternoon, NL Maritime Society will host a LIS Lighthouse Symposium -- an informal gathering of Long Island Sound lighthouse stewards, tour givers, historians. The goal is to share information and experiences, and possibly plan together for the season ahead.

If you're interested in attending, please email
Between our LIS Lighthouse Symposium and our evening presentation on Brilliant Beacons, we offer a special opportunity for up to 12 guests to have dinner with author Eric Jay Dolin. Your $100 ticket includes dinner, the book Brilliant Beacons, and admission to Eric jay Dolin's talk that evening at the Custom House.
Mr. Dolin's visit is sponsored, in part,
 by Chelsea Groton Bank.
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.