Found – Researched – Revealed

The Merrimac trancription goes online and its mystery author identified

The transcription is done! NLMS librarian Laurie Deredita has been working over the past five months to bring the Merrimac transcription project to fruition. We all now can read about the exploits of our journalist aboard the whaling ship Merrimac and off in far distant lands.
It could never have been done without our 80 ‘citizen scrivener’ volunteers, listed below. Laurie also was aided by several individuals with special expertise, who stepped forward to help with work beyond the transcription. Genealogists assisted Laurie to determine the journal’s author, who’s identity until now had been a mystery. Steven Purdy contributed an insightful interview about the economics of whaling. Craig Showalter created a parallel easily readable text. Barbara Nagyhelped mightily with the editing. Learn more about their findings in Brian Hallenbeck’s article in today’s Day.
This was a most-gratifying community undertaking. Thank you, all.
Merrimac transcribers: Heidi Adams, Bill Adler, Jennifer Ahern, Lisa Louise Arnold, Kate Berger, Pamela Berry, Eleanor Boba, Deanna Bossdorf, Sandi Brewster-walker, Richard D. Brown, Stephanie Burns & family, Barbara Claire, Shirley Cowles, Douglas Craig, Karina Danvers, Deanna Davies, Denise Davies, Kimberly Deveau, Jackie Allen Doucot, Jean Doyle, Jackie Duda, Lisa Ford, Michelle Fox, Peter Francis, Ardith Franklin, Dick & Maureen Fraser, Fuji Fulgueras, Alejandra Garcia, Stephen Gibbs, Siobhán Kelly Gordon, Sandy Griesbach, Kit Hartford, Natalia Iwanczuk, Nan Jay, Rebecca A Joy-Buck, Margaret Ival Stratford Kovner, Margaret LaCroix, Dirk Langeveld, Jennifer LaVoie, Susan Lennon, Jane Lescoe, Kenneth Marangell, Linda Mariani, Rebecca Marshall, Helen Miller, Jimnahs Miller, John Mock, Elizabeth Montgomery, Joann Morris, John & Patti Murray, Barbara Nagy, Jane Newpeck, Margery Nicholls, Carol Nicolucci, Greg Nole, David Oat, Patty Oat, Steve Purdy, Marie Ricketts, Karen Roberts, Lucy Rossi-Reder, Daneen Roth, Pam and Roger Ryley, Callie Scheetz, Susan Schoop, Leona Schwartz, Craig Showalter, Shiela Siegel, Tony and Andrea Skiff, Michael Tagg, Ayla Taylor-Robichaud, Eric Thomas, Gerald Timpe, Joan Tracey, Melissa VanRiper, Annette Whidden, Marie Tyler Wiley, Walter & Tita Williams
*We will be announcing a new transcription project in next week’s email blast.
The Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP
reopen on a limited schedule this week.
Hours are Friday & Saturday from 1 to 5 PM.
It’s a chance to catch Matthew Male’s exhibition
My View from Great Gull Island: Photos from the Edge of the Sound
and also check out what’s new in the MUSEUM SHOP, examples below.
Tide Clock

What’s Up at the Custom House – May 9, 2021

New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic

Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront

& preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
Anonymous, Nick Korstad, The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, United Rentals, & CDBG.
Would you like to sponsor one of our Sunday blasts?
Email or call Susan at 203-444-2884 to discuss the details. Thanks!
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photo, above: SS Munnatawket ferry at Munnatawket Hotel dock, 1914. Photo by Quimby

Fishers Island Ferries Over Time

an online illustrated talk from the Henry L. Ferguson Museum
May 16, 2021 4:00 PM
In this virtual illustrated talk, Henry L. Ferguson Museum Director Pierce Raffertyhosts the premiere of Fishers Island Ferries Over Time, a video that traces the history of ferry transportation to the island.
Included are rare outlier visits by excursion steamboats in the 1820s and 1830s, followed by the first regularly scheduled trips to Fishers by the Pequot & Ocean Transit Company that began in the late 1870s. This production chronicles an array of passenger and auto ferries that have connected Fishers Island dwellers to the outside world. Without a doubt, the ferries are the stars of this historical production.
And where did (and do) those ferry trips originate from?
Since the late 1880s, almost all Fishers Island ferries have been running to New London, originally based on Fishers, but since the late 1940s, based in New London. In recent decades, smaller commuter ferries link the island to Noank.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
Topic: Fishers Island Ferries Over Time
When: Sunday, May 16, 2021 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please click the link to join the webinar:
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Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.

Registration is now online.
Can’t guarantee you’ll see a submarine. But the views at the top are spectacular any time! Take the tour. We meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room — all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country and the tallest on Long Island Sound. photos: Christina Corcoran
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone must be vaccinated. We all use hand sanitizer and wear masks. Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.
NLMS is a nonprofit and relies on the generosity of supporters
who share our passion for the maritime world.
At this challenging time, your support is needed more than ever.
Please give today.
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Many thanks!



AAQ / Resource: Otis Ford, Since 1946, Quogue