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!
Submarine Memorabilia from the Collection of Ed Uditis: 1940s through 1990s, with additional items from Axel Westerberg and the New London Maritime Society Collection. . 

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
Amistad sets sail again  The Day 8.29.16

New London to Japan and back again: Albert Sussler’s ceramic art  The Day 8.8.16

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

Ledge Light anchors canvas of winning Duck Stamp painting The Day 5.12.16

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

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

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Watch the scaffolding go up!
Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day 7.23.14

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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     New London Maritime Society -- nicely nautical

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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      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 now have both prints (in 2 sizes) and both Alan's mini and full-sized 2017 calendars in the Shop. The MUSEUM SHOP is open Wednesday -- Sunday, from 1-5 PM.

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.

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.


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.

Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who knows them best. We offer three different cruises.

Find your lighthouse! 
For 2016, through October we present an expanded version of our Yankee Magazine award-winning 'Best Lighthouse Tour' aboard the 20-passenger ​Popeye. 

Find your lighthouse!is our personal, 90-minute signature tour, with only 20 passengers. Tours run every Wednesday & Saturday at 11:30 AM.
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Sunset & Full-Moon Lighthouse Boat Tours      take place monthly across the three nights of the full moon: last tours of the season are for the Hunters' Moon October 15, 16, 17.
Register for the intimate, 6-person, 60-minute Sunset tour here: http://www.brown

See local lighthouses at night, as they were built to be seen. Sign up for our memorable 6 person, sixty-minute Full-moon tour here:   

This year, all tours depart directly from the floating dock adjacent to City Pier, on Waterfront Park, just behind the New London rail station.
Find your lighthouse! 
tours run hrough October
SAVE THE DATE - Friday, December 2
An Evening of Song and Conversation with Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon,’ ‘Day is Done’, ‘Light One Candle’ and ‘The Great Mandala.’ 
As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs. He performs for NL Maritime Society on Friday, December 2. ■

Yes, it will be nostalgic for many. But on another level, it will bring them a sense of what is still possible. Yes, they will sing ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ and I will give them a sense of the current history of what this music is doing, and why it’s important. So it will be a history lesson, it will be a singalong that inspires, but it will also assert the importance of the continuation of this kind of music in people’s lives today. 
And where we’re going from here in those terms. It’s not necessarily a big lecture — it’s inherent in the music. They’ll get it. I know it, ’cause that’s what I do.
                                                                     – Peter Yarrow 
what tomorrow brings
There are major changes brewing this fall for the Maritime Society. After eight years, president
George Sprecace and vice-president Rob Pittaway are both stepping down from their leadership roles.    
                         That’s a photograph of Rob, executive 
                         director Susan Tamulevich, and 
                         George back in 2009 taken at City 
                          Hall, where we’d just picked up the 
                          deed to the Society’s first, of three,
lighthouses. Had we known of the peaks and valleys ahead–the highs of the 'Lighthouse Kids' and 2014 restoration, and lows of the lawsuits and two-year (& counting) prohibition on bringing any-and-all visitors to the lighthouse–who knows what we might have done at that pivotal point. I like to think we’d still have jumped in to preserve these trusty beacons, whose service has meant so much to this harbor town. We owe George and Rob a tremendous debt of gratitude for their leadership, steadfastness, and all the good work they have done to keep our Society afloat!
On another note, through the Maritime Society’s year-long local history program, under the direction of Jody Barthel (photo lower left), in October the City’s 300 third graders will receive Discovering Amistad’s new education program aboard the Amistad ship, which currently is docked on the New London waterfront. We are very proud of this program, which brings all 300 students to visit seven historic sites across the school year. NLMS’s local history program is provided to the NL Public Schools free of charge and is supported by grants from the Community Foundation. 
The third grade social studies program created by the New London Maritime Society matches perfectly with the Connecticut social studies frameworks. The frameworks suggest that third graders should be deeply engaged in the study of their own community; this is exactly what this program does. In addition, the frameworks completely support the field trips involved in the New London program. The work done by the New London Maritime Society with students should be commended. –Stephen Armstrong, Social Studies Consultant,CT Depart. of Ed.

NLMS is nicely nautical & totally Thames
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This fall, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is giving away $100,000 in 100 Days! Learn how you can help New London Maritime Society get some much needed funding! Please  help by clicking  HERE.
Every contribution counts.But now your gift will be doubled,
Please call Susan at 860-447-8700 to have your gift matched.

Join Rob & Russ for a speaker's program, coffee and treats. Please come & bring a friend. Donation for refreshments, only.
Citizen Science on Long Island Sound, with Rachel Perry
October 18 Tuesday, 1 PM 

Former NLMS intern, Rachel Perry graduated from the Unversity of Connecticut with a M.S. in Biological Oceanography in 2015. For the last five years she has worked with water quality issues in marine systems, and continues to explore ways to make monitoring projects more cost efficient and accessible to the general public.

Our new submarine exhibition - in conjunction with Connecticut Submarine Century
Submarine Memorabilia from the Collection of Ed Uditis: 1940s through 1990s, with additional items from Axel Westerberg and the New London Maritime Society Collection. 
2016 Pittway Lighthouse Award Dinner
October 27, Thursday, 7 PM 
Join us at Tony D’s restaurant for the 2nd biennial Pittaway Lighthouse Award dinner honoring the person who has done the most to preserve and protect our local lighthouses. 
This year we honor NLMS president George Sprecace for his tireless work on behalf of three area lights: New London Harbor, Race Rock, and New London Ledge. $45 Call 860-447-8700 for reservations.
Haunted Lighthouses with Elinor DeWire
October 30, Sunday at 2 PM 
It’s the perfect time of year for a few scary maritime tales! Almost every lighthouse claims to have a ghost...or two...or three! Join author and lighthouse historian, Elinor DeWire, for a fun and slightly hair-raising visit to a few haunted lighthouses and hear stories of their ghosts. Ms DeWire will do a book signing and discussion at the end of her presentation. 860-447-2501. $12 adults, $8 up-to 14 yrs old. Sign up online at

New London Maritime Society 2016 Annual Meeting   Sunday, November 13, at 1 PM 
 At the 2016 Annual Meeting, scientist Peter Auster will give a presentation about the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, an area he first explored in the 1980s. Join us for a brief business meeting, Peter Auster’s terrific talk, and light refreshments. Suggested donation is $5 for NLMS members, and $10 nor non-members. Please call 860-447-2501 or register online 24/7 at

Sign up for How to be a Cartoonist, with Jon Buller
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