Browse Exhibits (17 total)

New London to New York by Night Boat: Ellery Thompson Recalls the Golden Age of Steamboats on Long Island Sound

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An exhibit about the vanished era of steamboat travel between New York City and Boston and the intermediate ports of New London, Norwich, Stonington, and Fall River.

Curated by Brian Rogers - Online Exhibits Librarian, New London Maritime Society

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Bringing the Ships to New London: A Tale of Two Piers

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An exhibition about the origins and history of the Connecticut State Pier and the Central Vermont Railway Pier in New London, Connecticut. Best viewed in Full Screen mode. Use the chapter headings in sidebar to navigate the chronology.

Brian Rogers, Online Exhibits Librarian

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A Maritime Sampler: Annotated Selections from the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library


Representative titles from the library's shelves displayed with cover art and brief accounts of their content. Originally published as separate "Books of the Month" in the Society's weekly email newsletters ("blasts") they are now presented as a single exhibit. 

Voyage of the Whaler Merrimac


This exhibit is about the journal of the voyage of the whaler Merrimac of New London, Connecticut, covering a period from 1844-1847, followed by a journal of the General Williams, covering July-November 1852

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Rob Pittaway's Half-Hulls: The Modeling Process Described


Illustrated steps for making half-hull models by Robert A. Pittaway.  

Edited by Brian Rogers, Online Exhibits Librarian


Down to the Shore: By Steamboat from Norwich to Block Island and Back

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A memoir by Gerard E. Jensen (1884-1970) of his boyhood trips at the turn of the 19th century aboard scheduled steamboats connecting Norwich, Connecticut, and Block Island, Rhode Island, with stops at Montville, New London, Stonington, and Watch Hill.

Originally published in the Fall, 1967, issue of Steamboat Bill, the Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America. Reprinted with permission.

Illustrated with images from the original article and vintage postcards from the collection of the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library.

Edited by Brian Rogers, Online Exhibits Librarian 

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S. S. Tasco: New London's Plucky Salvage Ship


The screw steamship Tasco was built in New London in 1907. In 1908 it 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.

In 1914, it was sold to Mr. J. Shewan of Brooklyn, New York.  In 1917, it was purchased from Mr. Shewan by the U.S. Navy and commissioned as the USS Tasco, SP502, a minesweeper and patrol vessel.  It was decommissioned in 1919 and returned to Mr. Shewan.  There are no further records of the Tasco after 1919.

The Tasco Collection in the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library contains a variety of documents and photos related to the service of the Tasco.  The collection was donated to the Custom House Maritime Museum in 2001 by Mr. David A. Allen of Groton, Connecticut. The collection includes about 190 photographs and postcards, the log book of the Tasco from December 15, 1908 to March 2, 1914, an edited version of the the log, and photocopies of newspaper clippings and other documents relating to the activities of the Tasco.

The records of the T. A. Scott Company, from 1889 to 1927, including many documents relevant to the Tasco, are held at the G.W. Blunt Library at Mystic Seaport.

To see all of the scanned images from the Tasco photograph album, click on S.S. Tasco Photographs.

--Laurie M. Deredita, Librarian

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