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1305, 2009

The Joshua Hempstead Diary

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In the early part of the eighteenth century, in New London, Connecticut, Joshua Hempstead kept a diary.  He recorded, on a daily basis, the weather, his business activities, baptisms, notices of marriage intentions, military trainings and wars, divisions of the Commons, court sessions, ship traffic, town meetings, New Light controversies, thanksgivings, fasts, deaths, his travels, celebrations both happy and sad, and all the other large and small events that made up life in that busy seaport.  The surviving part of the diary covers forty-seven years, from September of 1711 through early November of 1758.

At times during his long life Hempstead was a shipwright; carpenter; farmer; townsman; trader to Boston, New York, and the West Indies; representative to the General Assembly; justice of the peace; surveyor; writer of wills; and business agent for the Winthrop family. Hempstead’s thorough involvement with the life of the town, and the immediacy of daily entries, make the diary particularly valuable.

Scholars and Connecticut historians have been using The Diary of Joshua Hempstead as a major resource for information about 18th century New London ever since the first edition was published by the New London County Historical Society in 1901.
 Quoted from: A Useful Friend: A Companion to […]

1105, 2009

New London Celebrates National Maritime Day

By |May 11th, 2009|Events Blog|Comments Off on New London Celebrates National Maritime Day

The wide and deep natural harbor created by the Thames River has blessed New London’s commerce and helped to define the region from the beginning to the present.  Attractive to Native Americans as well as early colonists, the port town that developed here through the colonial period, thrived on the traffic entering this convenient harbor – with easy access to the Atlantic, but protected, just inside the eastern end of Long Island Sound.  From the privateering of the Revolution, to the days of whaling, to the industrialization of the later nineteenth-century, to the ship building and submarine base of the 20th century, New London’s dependence on the river is unique and overarching and should be remembered and honored.

But National Maritime Day has a more direct link to New London.  May 22, the day chosen to honor our Merchant Mariner Service – proclaimed by every president since Franklin Roosevelt – marks the date in 1819 when Captain Moses Rogers of New London began the first crossing of the Atlantic by a steam-powered ship.  He was ably assisted by a cousin, Stephens Rogers as his first mate, who later also served as captain.  Indeed, the first commemoration of National Maritime Day, in […]