Portico of Custom House

Portico of New London Custom House in winter

A recent winter view of New London's Custom House Maritime Museum shows the two retired buoys installed in 2014.  While adding a colorful nautical flavor to the streetscape they also honor the long service of the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Redwood, which for many years docked directly behind the Custom House when not engaged in her vital mission to maintain the navigational aids and lighthouses of eastern Long Island Sound.