Many hands: we had 78 volunteers at work

on the transcription project last week.

They did it!

The proverb, Many hands make light work, proved true at the Custom House.
After posting a call for citizen scriveners two weeks ago, 78 of you got going,
transcribing from one to six pages, each, from our 154-page anonymous
New London seaman’s whaling journal.
Turns out, the journal’s a thriller, with vivid glimpses of whaling life and danger on the high seas.
Librarian Laurie Deredita is putting the fresh transcripts online: 1844 — the voyage begins!

How apt so many of you came forward to help in the days just before Monday:

Martin Luther King Day of Service*.


Let’s hear it for the volunteers!

*Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making American what it ought to be. Dr. King’s birthday is now commemorated as a National Day of Service. We hope you are inspired to reach out in your community and make a difference.
Sunday, January 31, 2 PM


Coastal Disasters and the Making of The American Beach
a zoom talk with author Jamin Wells
in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum
Zoom details will be posted next week.
In his first book, Shipwrecked, Prof. Jamin Wells shows that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach–they created it. Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited it or called it home at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
By the twentieth century, the American beach had become the summer encampment of presidents, a common destination for millions of citizens, and the site of rapidly growing beachfront communities. Shipwrecked tells the story of this epic transformation, arguing that coastal shipwrecks themselves changed how Americans viewed, used, and inhabited the shoreline.
We’re pleased to welcome back Jamin Wells to the Custom House. He spoke at the Jibboom Club several years ago, while here researching Capt. T.A. Scott.
This program will be presented in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum.
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.
The best link for donating online can be found on the HOME page of our website: nlmaritimesociety.org. Many thanks!
Pin the Pipe on Popeye Party Game, from the Kids Ahoy exhibition.
Sunday, February 28th, 2 PM

Seamen of Color:

Living and Sailing from the Port of New London, 1640-1880,

a zoom talk with Sandi Brewster Walker
Zoom details will be posted soon.

What’s Up at the Custom House – January 17, 2021

New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
Our doors are closed but we are open online
Visit us on social media and our website | Facebook | Instagram |NL HarborCam
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, PPP, United Rentals, & CDBG.
Visit inside New London HarborLighthouse.
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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