New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
EXHIBITIONS
two shows on view extended through September 10, 2017
Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines:
Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists,  by Tim Cook, Dana Jensen, Tim Martin & Sean Elliot.

Stars and Lighthouses - LIS, by David Zapatka 

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
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

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
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
VIDEO

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 

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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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nicely nautical ~ totally Thames.
New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.

Remember: The Custom House 
is available for  private rentals.  

Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.
LIS USCG ANT (Aids to Navigation team) reports that the Coast Guard is about to Install Radio-Activated Sound Signals in Connecticut and Long Island. photo: USCG Station New Haven buoy depot.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound will be replacing traditional sound signals (foghorns) with marine radio-activated sound signals at eight different locations across Connecticut and three locations on Long Island (Race Rock and Ledge Light among them).
Mariners that require the use of sound signals during periods of reduced visibility will be able to activate them on demand by momentarily turning their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz and key their microphone five times consecutively. This will activate the sound signal for up to 60 minutes. The current sound signal type and characteristic will not change due to this conversion. All light characteristics, equipment and patterns will also remain unchanged. To provide mariners with a clear, comprehensive explanation of the new Marine Radio-Activated Sound Signals (MRASS) sound signals, a short explanatory YouTube video link is HERE

 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

Winter hours: January through March 
Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
High-Season hours: April through December 
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

The Prize that Got Away - the History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland                                               Sunday, September 24, at 2 PM
                                        at the Custom House.












Pierce Rafferty, director of Fisher's Island's Henry L. Ferguson Museum, explains it all, including border line disputes, secession and annexation attempts, and the lobster war.
NLMS members $10, all others $12. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations. You also may show up at the door.

Above image by Sean Elliot from Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists
How to be a Cartoonist  
Classes for Kids (age 8 & up)
September 23, 30, October 7, 14  
Taught by illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller. 
Adults are welcome to join the group. 
four Saturdays, 10:45 AM to 12 noon $40.  
Materials included.  Sign up online today!
Sign up: brownpapertickets.com/event/2   
Jibboom Club #1 GAM
Preserving New London's Waterfront Heritage with Marcus J. Fisk 
Tuesday, September 19, 1 PM 
The next JIBBOOM Club discussion, led by Marcus Fisk, is about creating a coalition to preserve our downtown through historic preservation activities that will not only preserve our heritage, but stimulate the local economy and help establish New London as a tourist destination.  Join us for a great discussion, coffee & cookies.