New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
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
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. New London's Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.
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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!
In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light. See it HERE.
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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 CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority, & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
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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.
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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!
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.