Above, while Custom House doors are closed, we’ve brought out some favorites from the Moss Collection to create a ‘woolies’ pocket gallery in the stairwell.
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Sunday, January 31, 2 PM

SHIPWRECKED

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Coastal Disasters and the Making of The American Beach
a zoom book talk with Jamin Wells
in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum
Zoom details, below.
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In his first book, SHIPWRECKED, Coastal Disasters and the Making of The American Beach, Jamin Wells shows that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach–they created it.
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Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited 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. Read more here.
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We’re pleased to welcome back RI native Jamin Wells, who spoke at the Jibboom Club several years ago while researching that great salvager of shipwrecks Capt. T.A. Scott.
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This program will be presented in partnership with the Henry Ferguson Museum.
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When: Jan 31, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Presentation by author Jamin Wells: SHIPWRECKED Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach
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Please click the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82789556859
Webinar ID: 827 8955 6859
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Above, Warehouse No. 5 in T.A.Scott’s salvage yard on Pequot Avenue, NL, ca. 1910. The warehouse is covered with nameboards removed from vessels the firm salvaged.
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The online NLMS library exhibition S. S. Tasco: New London’s Plucky Salvage Shipshows many of these shipwrecks. Built in New London in 1907, in 1908 the screw steamship Tasco was registered to the T.A. Scott Company (hence its name: TASCO), as a rescue and salvage vessel, based in New London. From 1908 to 1914 the Tasco took part in the rescue or salvage of nearly 150 wrecked ships along the east coast of the United States from as far north as Maine and south to Key West.
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NLMS is a nonprofit and relies on the generosity of supporters who share our passion for the maritime world.
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At this challenging time, your support is needed more than ever. Please give today.
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The best link for donating online can be found on the HOME page of our website: nlmaritimesociety.org. Many thanks!
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Cabinet photo of child in a sailor suit, from the Kids Ahoy exhibition.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2 PM
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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.
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What’s Up at the Custom House – January 23, 2021

New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
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Our doors are closed but we are open online | Visit us on social media
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.

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