Custom House Maritime Museum to Present Mark Munro's THREE'S THE CHARM, 10/4
The New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum presents a treasure-hunt right in our own backyard: diver Mark Munro's under-water tale Three's the Charm, the story of Mark's hunt for shipwrecks in Fishers Island Sound, a discovery, and the subsequent investigation of what turned out to be the ship Phyllis.The exhibition includes underwater photography, artifacts, and a sonar side scan demonstration. The exhibition opening takes place on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 PM at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London. It is free & open to the public.
On June 7th 2007, a unknown shipwreck was discovered in Fishers Island Sound. In an effort to discover its true identity a dedicated group of divers and shipwreck enthusiasts undertook five years of research and invested hundreds of hours on the bottom trying to reveal her secret. The solution of the mystery and the uncovering of the true identity of the shipwreck ultimately became a community effort. Research doesn't end after merely identifying a shipwreck. In an effort to broaden this wreck's story, genealogical research was undertaken, the granddaughter of the Master and owner was located and contacted, and the important human element of the story was brought to light. This exhibit will acquaint you with the shipwreck of the Phyllis (AKA: Three's a Charm) through video of the shipwreck, recovered artifacts, side scan sonar images and photographs, and period newspaper articles.
This is the first of two exhibitions at the Custom House Maritime Museum this fall featuring local divers. The 2nd exhibition opens in November with SECONN- the Southern Connecticut Skin Divers Club: New London and our Maritime Heritage - An Underwater View. November, 2013 through January, 2014 (Opening date TBD). The SECONN Skin Divers Club will present a collection of artifacts that represent our collective maritime history from this region -- displays that connect us to past maritime casualties, the shipping trade, and the "life in an earlier time" of a working seaport. This exhibition also will highlight SECONN's annual Frozen Fin (New Year's Day) Dive at Green Harbor Beach in New London.