We're happy to bring you up into the lighthouse lantern.
My View from Great Gull Island
now on view
Please support New London Maritime Society -- a small, independent. community nonprofit!
Built when the city was the world's 2nd leading whaling port, New London's 1833 Custom House has always kept watch on the harbor. The Amistad arrived here in 1839. Electric Boat, which developed some of our earliest submarines, launched the first nuclear-powered sub, the Nautilus, here in 1954.
From the roof of the Custom House Maritime Museum, today's harbor landmarks include three lighthouses, a 19-c fort, a US Coast Guard station, and an active submarine factory. There are ferries, tugs, tankers, submarines, tall ships, fishing boats, and dinghies. You might spot the USCG barque Eagle moored at Fort Trumbull -- NL is her home port. Summer brings weekly waterfront events, among these SailFest in July (with spectacular fireworks), and the CT Maritime Heritage Festival in September.
Now, with our New London Harborcam, everyone who loves the waterfront can keep watch on the scene. You never know what you'll discover. And when you're in town, be sure to stop by the Custom House Maritime Museum to learn more about our local maritime history and New London's harbor sites.
The Custom House is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
Keep Up with What's Up at the Custom House Maritime Museum here!
New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum -- telling the stories of the waterfront and preserving three lighthouses: New London Harbor, New London Ledge, & Race Rock.