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 a boat tour to Plum Island, 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
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!
Race Rock Light Curated by Pierce Rafferty.
Alton Beaudoin & Mystic Knotwork
A Family of Knotters
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.
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.
In the NEWS
Every Thursday, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV. Watch New London Maritime Society Custom House Maritime Matters, on New London Metrocast cable TV, channel 25, with host Dr. George Sprecace.
In 2013, the US Postal Service made a youtube video about New London Harbor Light. See it HERE.
Watch what we do
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, the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority, & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
New London Maritime Society - open year-round
your local, independent, community museum,
telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
OPEN Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 PM, Admission $5.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 - 860-447-2501
WHAT'S UP at the CUSTOM HOUSE ?
Above, artist J H Torrance Downes, Eva & John Henry, right, brought the original drawing for Connecticut's Preserve The Sound license plate to add to our exhibition.
NLMS visits the Lightship Nantucket in Boston.
REVISED FIGURES: Phase I restoration of New London Harbor 'Pequot' Light - including additional seawall masonry, is almost complete! We still need $30,000. Donate today!
Our campaign Be Part of Something BIG, raised nearly $2000,000 in donations and lighthouse program revenues, and an estimated $300,000+ in in-kind donations. Spring's appeal in honor of NLMS past president Ben Martin has raised another $60,000. Donations still may be sent to Ben Martin Lighthouse Fund, Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320, or use donation button at right. Ben
was instrumental in developing our lighthouse programs--for both
preservation & recreation--and we appreciate his
leadership and vision.
Thank you to everyone contributing to this tremendous effort!
We'll post process photos of the restoration on facebook.
Visit the MUSEUM SHOP for terrific gifts for all ages.
We have sailing ship kites, deep-sea dive children’s lunch sets, nautical clocks (above), elegant scarves, submarine
toys, rubber stamps, rubber duckies, cookie cutters,
old-time gifts, maritime books, and sea creature ornaments. We have Lighthouse Keepers caps, Moby Dick- the card game, balloon-powered toy boats, whales of every sort, books for the very young and the very sophisticated.
Enjoy the season. NLMS members receive 10% off their purchase.
The MUSEUM SHOP is open from 1 to 5 PM every day except Monday! 150 Bank Street, New London. 860-447-2501.
Below: our new Sailing ship kite! Just $40 (including tail).
Our Lighthouse Sponsors:
The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund
Dept of Eco. Dev. State Dept. of Tourism
H.Carr & Son
Rogovin Moving and Storage
Shennecossett Yacht Club
& the Eschenfelder Family.
We participate in the BlueStar Museums
program, providing free admission to active-duty members of the armed services and their families all year.
On behalf of the SYC, Diana (Mimi) Tyler presents director Susan Tamulevich with a check from the Shennecossett Yacht Club Lighthouse Regatta, held on August 2, 2014. And the good news is: they're going to do it again in 2015!
September 15, 2014 - Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell awarded New London Maritime Society the New London Ledge Light Station, through the 2000 US Lighthouse Preservation Act. Our friends at the New London Ledge Light Foundation will continue their fine stewardship of the light! Now the three major beacons leading to our historic port are secure under local stewardship for generations to come.
31st ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Ocean Beach
Our 31st birthday party was a Celebration of the Restoration of New London Harbor Light & its volunteers, of the Acquisition of New London Ledge Light --and of 26-year volunteer, and of Head Docent Bill LaRoue.
November 10, 1909 - NL Ledge Lighthouse was completed 105 years ago.
October 26, 2014: The 2014 Boat - Lighthouse Tour Season is now over - We had a TERRIFIC SUMMER and will do more of the same in 2015
August 25, 1839: 175 years ago, La Amistad came to New London
April 21, 2014: We won Yankee Magazine's 'Best of New England Travel 2014' Editors' Choice for Best Lighthouse Tours
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.
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Alton Beaudoin & Mystic Knotwork
A Family of Knotters
This fall, we present the extravagant rope work of two generations
of local maritime knotters: the Beaudoins of Mystic.
Alton Beaudoin could tie 400 knots from memory. He learned his fancy rope work as a seaman in the 1930-40s, including eight years spent aboard the square-rigged Joseph Conrad, when it was a training ship for merchant seamen. Decades later, having retired as an Inside Machinist at Electric Boat, he indulged his hobby creating such wonders as the elegant sennit frame shown above (& now at the Custom House) out of approximately 100 miles of white twine.
He passed his knotting skills to his family. Today, a grandson,
Mat Beaudoin (above), carries on the tradition at Mystic Knotwork in
Stonington’s Velvet Mill. We have Matt’s work on display, too
and Mystic Knotwork’s napkin rings,and doormats are for sale in the MUSEUM SHOP.