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.

New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
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.
Read the new 2016 AUTUMN NEWSLETTER
read more newsletters HERE
Custom House Maritime Museum is on Facebook
Facebook New London Maritime Society
​Facebook New London Harbor Light 
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound
Facebook Lighthouse Inn
Facebook Long Island Sound Lighthouses
Learn about our Book of the Month
Read the weekly e-mail blast 

in the NEWS
Peter Yarrow bringing the power of music to Groton benefit  The Day 12.1.16

Government auction nets $612K for three Connecticut lighthouses  Crain's Connecticut 10.12.16

A local history lesson aboard the schooner Amistad
Local News  The Day 10.4.16

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

See all News Here


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)​.

Watch what we do

     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. 

CalendarBlogLibraryLighthousesAmistadAbout Get InvolvedEducationRental

We participate in the Blue Star Museums program, providing free admission to active-duty members of the armed services and their families all year
Want to know what's up? 

Sign up to receive our weekly email blasts!

Volunteer  at the Custom House!

​Read our SUMMER Newsletter 

Visit our sister Custom House in Newburyport, MA.

New London Tides          New London Weather 

Seafood WATCH - What seafood to buy now.

Click right to see > Community / History Links

For all events going on Downtown, visit the 
District Community Calendar.    

Click HERE to see our weekly email blast!
    New London Maritime Society - open year-round       your local, independent, community museum,
      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.

this Friday, December 2
An Evening of Song & 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.    sign up > HERE

Join us for 'An Evening of Song and Conversation with Peter Yarrow'  -- a fund-raiser for the New London Maritime Society. It's a show for the whole family.

Friday, December 2, at 7 PM, at the UConn Avery Point Auditorium. (UConn is a sponsor!)

Concert tickets are $35 each.

(Tickets will not be sold at the door, due to venue regulations.)

There also will be a special pre-concert wine-and-cheese reception for the artist from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Combination reception/concert tickets are $70. The opportunity to meet Peter will be held at UCONN's Branford House.

Opening for Peter Yarrow are Michael Hough and David Tamulevich of 'Mustards Retreat'.

Sign up for both the concert and the pre-concert reception at  

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 
NLMS is nicely nautical & totally Thames
Click for this week's events
on view through January, 2017
Submarine Memorabilia from the Collection of Ed Uditis: 1940s through 1990s, with additional items from Axel Westerberg and the New London Maritime Society Collection. 
New London Maritime Society 2016 Annual Meeting   Sunday, November 13, at 1 PM 
At the 2016 Annual Meeting, below, scientist Peter Auster gave a presentation about the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, an area he first explored in the 1980s. 
Since early October, Christina Corcoran, below, has been creating something new at the back of the building. Her work was unveiled at our 33rd Annual Meeting, on Sunday afternoon, November 13.
On November 7, 255 years ago, New London Harbor Light was first lit.
We asked local businesses & individuals to join our SUPER 70...
And They Did.

We've reached our $7,000 goal!

Thank you to the SUPER 70 local businesses & individuals which donated from $100 to $1,000, each, to cover our artist/production fees for the December 2 Peter Yarrow concert.

Thank you, too, to NLMS trustee Morgan McGinley for leading this campaign.

And we again thank our neighbor at Studio 33, Sara Munro, who just celebrated a major birthday. In lieu of gifts, Sara asked guests to donate to NLMS; they gave over $1,000!

You may still show your support for New London Maritime Society!
It is a terrific launch to this year's Annual Fund. To donate, Email or call Susan at 860-447-8700.​

Our SUPER 70 Sponsors
UCONN - Avery Point
L&M Hospital
Sara Munro / Studio 33  
Robert Pittaway

Allergy Associates of New London
Atlantic Clam Co. / Arthur Truckenbrodt
Barry's Cleaners 
Lloyd & Sandy Beachy
The Bistro 
Carson's Store, LLC
Caruso Piano Gallery
Chelsea Groton Bank
Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Inc.  
Crocker's Boatyard, Inc. 
Russ & Pauline Demarco
John & Laurie Deredita
Faulkner & Graves, PC
Flanders Fish Market
Flavours of Life
Friends of Ledyard Library
Grimes Cleaners Inc
Hendel's Incorporated
Jennifer Hillhouse & Bill LaRoue
Illiano's Restaurants
Interstate Navigation
John Johnson / The Gallery at Firehouse Square
Langley's Restaurant
Levine Insurance Group, LLC 
Mariani Reck Lane, LLC
Ed Lorah & Associates LLC
Lynda & Frank McLaughlin
Morgan & Lisa McGinley
Muddy Waters
Mystic Knotwork
Mystic Pizza II
New London Currach Rowers 
Linda Lear & John Nickum
OpSail Connecticut
Peggy Peters
R&W Heating Energy Solutions
Recovery Room
Harry Smith in memory of Caitlin Smith
The M.J. Sullivan Automotive Corner
TCORS - Tobin, Carberry, O'Malley, Riley, Selinger PC, Counsellors at Law
Tony D's
Whaling City Motors 
Wireless Zone of New London
Yankee Remodeler 

 -- thank you, all!

Jibboom Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month, April through November. We'll be back again in April!
SECONN Divers' photography exhibition opened on November 21. The show of (largly) underwater photography is on view at the Custom House through January 2017.
NLMS Annual Fund
We work every day to preserve our maritime stories.We strive to make learning enjoyable, even fun!  And we aspire to have a positive effect on the entire community, for this generation & beyond. We cannot do it without you! Please support New London Maritime Society.

this Friday, December 2, 7PM, UCONN Avery Point Auditorium
An Evening of Song & Conversation 
with Peter Yarrow            
​sign up > HERE 
Concert tickets are $35 each and cannot be sold on-site.

Join us for 'An Evening of Song and Conversation with Peter Yarrow' 
 a fund-raiser for the New London Maritime Society. It's a show for the whole family.