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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.

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!
EXHIBITIONS
Race Rock Light  Curated by Pierce Rafferty. ​  

Alton Beaudoin & Mystic Knotwork 
A Family of Knotters

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.
See New London Maritime Society's Amistad exhibition at  United Nations headquarters, NYC, March 2010.  HERE.    International Day of Rememberance - United Nations - March 25, 2012

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.

PUBLICATIONS
Read the new  2014 AUTUMN NEWSLETTER
2014 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
2014 SPRING NEWSLETTER  ​ 
2014 WINTER NEWSLETTER 

Keep up with what's happening: read the weekly e-blast  
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In the NEWS
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

Maritime Society apt owner of New London lighthouses  -  editorial
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

Restoring the Lighthouse - video feature
The Day  7.23.14

Every Thursday, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV. Watch New London Maritime Society Custom House Maritime Matterson New London Metrocast cable TV, channel 25, with host Dr. George Sprecace. ​


VIDEO


In 2013, the US Postal Service made a youtube 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 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 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  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 ?
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 $18,000.         Donate today!

















Watch HERE!  Read about it in The Day.   Watch on TV.

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, elegant scarves, submarine toys, rubber stamps, rubber duckies, cookie cutters,  -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.
Above: our new Sailing ship kite! Just $40 (including tail).
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EVENTS
SUPPORT  US
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. 


Read about it in The Day!
We have three Seal Watches planned for 2015.
All feature hot chocolate and cookies and leave from New London's City Pier.
Sunday, February 15, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Sunday, March 1, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2-4:30 PM
Seal Watch tickets make GREAT GIFTS!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1017664​
November 10, 1909 - NL Ledge Lighthouse was completed 105 years ago.

November 7, 1761: the day 253 years ago New London Harbor Light was first lit.

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 
See our  2014 LIGHTHOUSE TOUR SCHEDULE

August 25, 1839: 175 years ago,  La Amistad came to New London

July 31, 1789: 225 years ago, congress established the US Customs Service!

April 21, 2014: We won Yankee Magazine's 'Best of New England Travel 2014' Editors' Choice for Best Lighthouse Tours

READ OUR new AUTUMN 2014 NEWSLETTER
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Seafood WATCH - What seafood to buy now.

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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

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.
The theme of our tree (top), donated to New London's Festival of Trees, was Lighthouse Stewardship - it takes a community! Here is a part of ours, the New London Maritime Society -  friends & volunteers at our annual holiday fete.