JIBBOOM CLUB #1 meets Tuesday, April 19, from 1 to 4 PM. The speaker is Rob Groves, who helped build the NR-1.Donation for refreshments, only. 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.

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!
Stars & Lights - David Zapatka's nighttime photographs of regional lighthouses are on view through May 2016

Ellery Thompson - Andrew Blacker's collection of Cap'n Ellery's paintings are on view through May 2

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
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  WTNH.com  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

See all News Here


Watch the scaffolding go up!

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)​.

Watch what we do

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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    New London Maritime Society - open year-round       your local, independent, community museum
      telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
    OPEN: April through December, 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.

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.

Frank Glasso's new 2' x 3' poster of downtown New London's historic buildings, below, is now available in the Museum Shop. The poster sells for $20.
For an added $6, we'll pack the poster up in a protective tube and mail it off.
Call 860-447-8700 to have your poster mailed today.
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. 
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.

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.

New London Maritime Society's
2016 Long Island Sound LIGHTHOUSE SYMPOSIUM - for regional lighthouse stakeholders, took place 
​Wednesday, April 20, 12 noon to 5 PM

Goals for this meeting included building a network of regional lighthouse stewards and stakeholders, and sharing technical assistance. In fact, we made a great start and plan to continue working together.

Thanks to our sponsors

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.
Ellery Thompson's birthday party
was terrific! Thank you, all. 
We Celebrated Ellery Thompson's 117th Birthday with a fund-raiser to restore Racing to Market, and raised $1,600. We need $2,900 more.
Donate now HERE.

Last November, we were given a beautiful early painting by Ellery Thompson. It needs help. More serious than the heavy coating of nicotine, areas of think paint are starting to flake.

You know Ellery - the Stonington fisherman immortalized by Joseph Mitchell with two 1940s-era profiles in The New Yorker; a painter, who also wrote two autobiographies about his experiences as a dragger-boat captain plying the waters in and around New London. We love Ellery at the Custom House, and often reference his stories about life on the water. Read the profiles HERE.

 This birthday party was the start of our fund-raising effort. We thank Andrew Balcker, Steve Jones, Katie Bradford, Marion Krepcio, Christopher Dunklee, Mystic Oysters, and the Real McCoy Rum.
'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed' - with artist Josie Iselin
Friday, June 24, 7 PM 
Please join Josie Iselin as she reads from her book, 'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed'. Josie will present her stunning imagery of ocean botanica and explain her unique process of using her flatbed scanner to capture the seaweed's underwater essence.  
Josie will continue with the fascinating biology of seaweed to explain its important place in our near-shore ocean environment.
Please join us for a joyful comingling of art and science! Books will be available for signing.
Admission $15, NLMS  members $12
Learn more & register HERE.
​Stars and Lights, night-time photographs of regional lighthouses, by David Zapatka, are on exhibition this spring at the Custom House.
Lighthouses include Race Rock (above), New London Harbor, Avery Point, Stratford Point, Old Saybrook, and Lynde Point as well as Dutch Island from RI.
Prints of many of these images are may be purchased in the MUSEUM SHOP.
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For one month, In August 2014, Brooks Kuhn lived at Race Rock Light Station, off Fishers Island, and every moment of it was documented by National Geographic Television. Brooks tells all Sunday, May 1, at 2 PM. 
Space is limited. Register and find out more HERE 
Brooks Kuhn lived on Race Rock for one month.
Hear all about it: Sunday, May 1 at 2 PM.
​You may still join the class. Show up next Saturday at 10:45 AM..