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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

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a zoom talk with historian Sandi Brewster-Walker
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Sandi Brewster-Walker, chair and acting executive director of the Long Island Indigenous People Museum & Research Institute, and NLMS trustee, will give a talk on the people of color, whaling captains and crew on all sides of the Long Island Sound.
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She will concentrate on New London County. However her talk will include seamen of color who came to New London from other parts of Connecticut to sail from its harbor. 
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Ms Brewster-Walker will highlight the genealogies and experiences of these men, who hunted the whale during the years (1790-1860), their boarding houses, churches, and lives on shore. She also will discuss the types of whaling vessels, the journey destinations, shipwrecks, and desertions.  
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Sandi Brewster-Walker will begin her talk with new information about the seamen of color onboard the NL whaling ship/bark Merrimac(k) during her 5th thru 10th voyages to hunt the whale!
painting by Marek Ruzyk
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Please click the link below to join the webinar
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16465588656,,85986101004# or +13017158592,,85986101004#
Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
       US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 859 8610 1004
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We also will host a special zoom event for transcribers who worked on the Merrimac journal project. The discussion will take place just prior to Sandi’s talk at 1 pm. Transcribers will receive the zoom link later this week via email.
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What’s Up at the Custom House – February 21, 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 and our website | Facebook | Instagram |NL HarborCam
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New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
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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.
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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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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship Competition.
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High School Juniors & Seniors, including from the Maritime Science Magnet School, may apply by writing an original essay, short story, poem, play, movie script or Novella about the Multicultural experience in the maritime world for the chance to win a $1000 scholarship. Download the application pdf. Reid MacCluggage will jury the entries.
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Sponsored by the New London Maritime Society. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, February 27, 2021.
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Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.
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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. 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. Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.
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Photo: Harbor Light ca 1923, when the USCG property was intact and the keepers house connected to the beacon with a covered walkway. The fog horn (later moved to Ledge Lighthouse) is now on view at the museum. The rig on the side of the lighthouse may be a painting platform.
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& six months until our National Lighthouse Day
SUMMER GALA – August 7, 2021 — Save the date!
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Announcing Smeagull’s Guide to Wildlife
Smeagull the Seagull is now the Official Mascot of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge covers three-quarters of the Connecticut coastline and includes beaches, barrier islands, and wildlife-rich coastal woodlands, tidal rivers, and salt marshes.
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Smeagull’s Guide to Wildlife gives you the Bird’s Eye View of the birds and animals you are most likely to see in and around the Refuge on land, in the air, and both on and under the water. With photographs and simple descriptions by author and photographer Mark Seth Lender, (who also is an NLMS trustee), the Guide is accessible to anyone, kids to grandparents. And it’s free.
Have a look! See the world as Smeagull sees it!
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About Smeagull: Smeagull the Seagull is a real live wild herring gull. And there’s a children’s picture book about him, Smeagull the Seagull, A True Story (available at the Maritime Museum store or by mail at http://smeagull.com./ Mention the Maritime Museum when you place your order and we receive a generous contribution).
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Above, a crisp, cold Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 at 4:03 PM Temp: 34°F, RH: 41.20%, Dew Point: 13 °F
  • Explore the McGuire Library Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History. Transcriptions of the Merriac journal are almost complete!
  • Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about our community and issues related to preservation & conservation. We’ve got a new board president: Henry Savin.
  • Facebook Custom House Maritime Museum to read about our events, museum matters, & exhibitions throughout the world. Sandi Brewster-Walker’s program on Whalers of Color is next Sunday at 2.
  • 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. We’ll be reopening soon.

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AAQ / Resource: Lear + Mahoney Landscape Architecture

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