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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
Seeing History   The Day  5.17.19
Closed since 2015, Harbor Light to reopen to the public   The Day  3.12.19

New London urging Citizens Bank to save historical artifacts   The Day  3.10.19

Connecticut, New York lawmakers, environmentalists push to protect Plum Island  The Day  2.20.19

‘Yankee thrift’: Groton home incorporates bits of 19th century luxury steamboat  The Day 12.27.18

‘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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Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.  Call 860.447.2501
 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. 
Please Donate.
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.

Visit inside Harbor Light.
We're giving tours now.

​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.