New London Maritime Society: ‘The Art of Tugboats’ / Aug 10 – December

The Art of Tugboats

Special exhibition at the Custom House Maritime Museum
August 10 thru December

Join us at the Custom House this Friday, August 10, 6-8 PM, for the exhibition opening of The Art of Tugboats.  This is the inaugural show in the Museum’s new accessible Underground gallery (accessible entrance is from the north side alley). Items on display include everything from funky hand-carved, folk art, tug models to a hyper realistic painting of the tug S.S. Foundation Franklinperforming a famous rescue in a storm (by artist and former tug-boat crew member Marek Sarba) to a fine Antonio Jacobsen tug portrait. The Art of Tugboats celebrates a donation of tugboat models and paintings to New London Maritime Society from collector Steve Martin. Artists also contributing to the exhibition include Steve Cryan, Day photojournalist Sean Elliot, Paul Farrell (author/illustrator of the book Tugboats Illustrated), Hardie Gramatky (author/illustrator of the children’s classic Little Toot and whose work was exhibited here in 2009), and  Marek Sarba.

There is a related exhibition of tugboat material s in the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library on the 2nd floor of the Custom House. This display includes items from the Thames Towboat Company archives along with news clippings and books on tugboats. Both exhibitions will remain on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, through December 2018.

Artist/historian Steve Cryan presents an illustrated talk: Tugboats, Steamboats and Trains (and a few lighthouses), from New York to Maine — all the things that Steve loves best, on Sunday, September 9, at 4 PM.  The event benefits New London Maritime Society. Space is limited for this popular speaker. A donation of $20, $18 members, $6 youth can be made online at or by calling 860-447-2501.

Steve Cryan is a watercolor artist, illustrator, model maker, and  photographer. He has curated the holiday train show at the Connecticut River Museum for 25 years. The official artist for the Thames Tow Boat Company, Steve also gives their lighthouse tours.
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday  from 1 to 5 PM (closed Monday & Tuesday) or by appointment. Call 860-447-2501 or look us up online at


The Mission of the New London Maritime Society is to protect and preserve New London’s U.S. Custom House, three area lighthouses, and Long Island Sound, and to promote, interpret, and celebrate the rich maritime life & history of the port of New London and the surrounding region through museum exhibitions, educational programs, and preservation initiatives.
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