National Maritime Day

On May 22, 1819, the S.S. Savannah left its home port of Savannah, Georgia, on its way to Liverpool, England. The ship ‘put to sea with steam and sails’ and reached Liverpool, in 29 days and four hours, becoming the 1st steam-ship to cross the Atlantic. While the steam engine performed faultlessly, it was not the only means of propulsion; historians have estimated that the Savannah was under sail 80% of the time. Nonetheless, it was an impressive achievement, one that signaled the beginning of the era of steam, and American technological leadership.
The Captain of the Savannah was Moses Rogers, a native of New London, CT. By a Joint Resolution passed on May 20, 1933, Congress declared May 22nd to be National Maritime Day.
On National Maritime Day, we honor merchant mariners for their dedication to promoting commerce and protecting our freedom.
The New London Maritime Day Ceremony is being held online this Friday, May 22, 2020, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Meeting ID: 857 5272 8621
As another way to celebrate National Maritime Day, please visit the McGuire Library’s illustrated online exhibition about New London’s Capt. Moses Rogers and his famous crossing of the Atlantic in 1819 with the steamship Savannah. New Londoners can take pride in this historic achievement by one of our early mariners and his First Mate, Stevens Rogers, whose gravestone in Cedar Grove Cemetery bears a carved image of the Savannah. –Brian Rogers, Online Exhibitions Curator.
Due to Covid-19, the Custom House Maritime Museum will be closed for an eleventh week. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Keep up with updates on our website or NLMS facebook page.
Also highly contagious
kindness, patience, love, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.
Don’t wait to catch it. Be the carrier.
Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT, 06320
.For a decade, the Custom House has annually hosted a clam chowder luncheon following the National Maritime Day ceremony at Fort Trumbull.
At last year’s luncheon, Citizens Bank donated this wonderful Lars Thorsen whaling scene to NLMS.
Descendants of Noank artist Lars Thorsen at our 2019 luncheon
We’ll be watching online Fri. at noon: Join on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 857 5272 8621

What’s Up at the Custom House – May 17, 2020

New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic

Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront

& preserving four historic maritime sites

May 20 is United Nations World Bee Day
There are over 20 000 species of bees. Safeguarding bees, safeguards biodiversity.
Beekeeping can improve the resilience and livelihoods
of rural and indigenous communities.
Bees are important for more than honey, providing us other essential products that have nutritional and medicinal properties.
Most of the world’s vital food crops depend upon bees
and other pollinators.
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Veolia Water, City of New London & CDBG
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We thank Mayor Passero, Felix Reyes, Tom Bombria, and Judi Cox for providing NLMS $1,000 in emergency funding through the CARES Act funding support for local businesses.
You have donated over $700 to our 3 for 1 Membership Drive.
So far, your donations have provided 28 free family memberships for C0vid-19 essential workers. Thank you!
On May 20, the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP is going online!
(We’re not there, yet… )
Below: Eco Wax Candles — Hand poured & crafted in Indonesia, in a
co-operative. The Stearin wax is harvested from a plantation that is over 100 years old & fully sustainable.
Keep watch on New London’s waterfront 24/7 with our NL HarborCam.
We’ve had over 717,700 views since installed in mid July, 2019!
Image above, from Image from May 16, 2020 at 5:01 AM
Temp: 59.0°F, RH: 100.0%, Dew Point: 59.0°F
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