Above, a calm Saturday morning at Harbor Light.
SHOP for the holidays at the Custom House
We thank Yale’s Peabody Museum for donating two glass-topped cases for the SHOP, and appreciate Harry Smith getting them here from New Haven!


Above, one of the two Peabody SHOP cases now holds vintage items — late 19th-c blue & white souvenir Rowland & Marsellus / Staffordshire plates, $40 each, coin-silver spoons $35-$45, a ship-in-a-bottle whaling scene carved in cork and produced in Portugal $35, & a 1896 medallion commemorating the City’s 250th anniversary $50.
The three cast bronze oyster shell bottle openers were made by a RISD artist and are not vintage items $40.
The best link for donating online to the New London Maritime Society can be found on the HOME page of our website: nlmaritimesociety.org.
Many thanks!
Above, the big sellers this season are our striped candles.
Clockwise from lower right: grey & dark grey striped candles and grey & dark grey candle holders from the UK: sustainable, eco, and fair-trade — the candles are soy-based; fair-trade knitted alpaca octopi, crabs, seals, fish, and narwhals from Peru; solid red soy candles with a black tin base; four coin-silver spoons — the two at left made by NL’s Daniel Hempsted ca. 1852-1882; Mass Audubon’s diminutive classic Ring Standard calendar — a personal favorite — first created by Louise B. Graves in 1897; and cast flat pewter maritime ships and lighthouses from Germany.
The Custom House Maritime Museum will reopen again once New London is out of the Covid red zone.
Meanwhile, our terrific MUSEUM SHOP is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays from 1 to 6 PM, or by appointment.
Members always receive a 10% discount.
Renew or become a new member of the New London Maritime Society today.
Above, last sail of the season on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
What’s Up at the Custom House – December 13, 2020
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, John Steffian, Jr., 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, United Rentals, & CDBG

Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.

We give tours year-round.

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. The views at the top are spectacular!
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks. Tours for one small Covid pod of up-to four people may be arranged by emailing nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com.
Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.

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We thank the Culture SECT Economic Recovery Fund, in partnership with the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and Community Foundation of Eastern Conntecticut for awarding $1,000 to the NL Marititime Society.
New London Maritime Society.
membership makes the perfect gift!
~ New Individual ($35) or Family memberships ($50) receive a 12″ x 18″ poster by Patrick Lynch. (You may pick it up at the Custom House.)
~ New Contributor level memberships ($100) & above also receive a copy of Patrick Lynch’s A Field Guide to Long Island Sound: Coastal Habitats, Plant Life, Fish, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and Other Wildlife (a $24 value). (You may pick it up at the Custom House.)
The MUSEUM SHOP is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturdaysfrom 1 to 6 PM, and by appointment.
Below, clockwise from upper left: handmade pouches, eyeglass cases, tea towels, and sandwich wraps from Torquay; salmon and trout cards from Glasgow; a flashy flounder flask; Sardine — the kitten — & his exploits; the SHOP selection of children’s books, garlands, and cards; a contemporary sailor’s valentine. All of these and more can be found in the MUSEUM SHOP!
Heading Here
Deck the Halls — last call
Evergreen branches — both holly and cherry laurel — are free for anyone to take!
Branches can be picked up behind the museum by the Water Street gate through Wednesday.
Keep an eye on the harbor 24/7 with the New London HarborCam. 1.2 million viewers already have!
A foggy Saturday morning: Image from Dec 12, 2020 at 6:01 AM Temp: 36°F, RH: 93.10%, Dew Point: 34 °F
Watch a time-lapse video of New London Harbor from the HarborCam, from July 8, 2019 to November 30, 2020 — 17 months — here.
  • Facebook the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor — when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs.
Below, the Winter Solstice arrives at 5:02 AM on Monday, December 21, but our Briney Bank hellebores already are starting to bloom. You can celebrate the return of the sun a little early, too, on Friday, December 18, with Flock Theater and their annual performance of Make We Joy via zoom. Get the details HERE.


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