Joshua Hempsted began his diary in 1711 as a way to keep track of his many business activities, court sessions, ship traffic, his travels and many other events important to New London or Connecticut. He keep the diary until just before his death in 1758. In its printed form, it is about 700 pages long. The diary has been used to study such diverse subjects as trade with the West Indies, slavery, and the Great Awakening, a period of evangelical Protestant revival. It is also used extensively for genealogical research. This tour will cover some of the diary stories told about activities around the Thames River and other interesting sites along the way.
ABOUT THIS BOAT TOUR
This 75-minute boat tour departs from City Pier in New London. Please arrive early to allow time for parking and potential traffic. Following your purchase, you will receive an email with your order number. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks abroad, but please know that there is no bathroom on the water taxi. Show proof of vaccination at boat and receive a promo code for a $5 water taxi.
All tickets are non-refundable unless the tour is canceled or rescheduled by the Thames River Heritage Park.
We follow the COVID-19 policies laid out by the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks are welcome, but not required.
In the case that inclement weather causes a boat tour cancellation, you will be informed by email and phone. You may also check the weather delay banner at the top of our home page.