Browse Exhibits (16 total)

From Sheepshead Bay to Shanghai: The Training and Travels of a Merchant Seaman in World War II

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This exhibition is drawn from the Herman R. Pederson Archive in the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library. The chronological narrative has been created from the many interesting certificates, letters, clippings, booklets, photographs and memorabilia saved by Herman Pederson during and after his wartime experiences in the U.S. Merchant Marine. 

Brian Rogers, Online Exhibits Librarian

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.

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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") 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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A Conservator's Legacy: Gene MacMullan at the McGuire Library


An examples of book and paper conservation projects carried out by Eugene C. MacMullan between 2012 and 2019 for the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library of the New London Maritime Society.

--Brian Rogers, Online Exhibits Librarian

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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

Remembering Ellery Thompson: Fisherman, Writer, Artist, Free Spirit

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An exhibition of the life and times of Ellery Franklin Thompson (1899-1986), whose writings, published and unpublished, provide first-hand glimpses into the maritime history of southeastern Connecticut.

Brian Rogers, Online Exhibitions Librarian, April, 2020

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 

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

New London and the First Steam-Powered Atlantic Crossing

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A documentary about New London's unique relationship with the SS Savannah and her pioneering transatlantic voyage in 1819 under Captain Moses Rogers and First Mate Stevens Rogers.

We gratefully acknowledge the support and advice of John Laurence Busch in the preparation of this documentary.

                        ---Brian Rogers, Online Exhibitions Curator