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2022 Boat Tour Interpreter / Host Availability

Thank you for sharing your time and talent for Thames River Heritage Park's historic boat tours during the upcoming summer season. Please find below the 3 tours and the scheduled dates/times for the tours noted below. Please check the date/times for which you are available. Additionally, please note if your preferred role for the tour. NOTE: Additional tour offering are interpreted by members of the Mohegan Tribe and docents from the Hempsted Houses.
Discover the Thames Harbor. One River. A Thousand Stories.
From the time the river was called the Massapequatock by the Mohegans and Pequots, tales of the region’s and nation’s history abound on the Thames. Discover the hidden gems that tell the stories of colonial life, Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale’s last school house, the 2nd largest whaling port and submarine capital of the world, 19th-century Irish domestics, Nobel-prizing winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, the Gilded Age, and more. Includes a complimentary water taxi ticket for the day of the tour.
Preferred Role - Discover the Thames
Interpreters: Share the stories and communicates the significance and meaning of the Park's heritage sites and their stories. They work to educate and raise awareness. Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Submarines, Battlefields, and Betrayers. Military Stories on the Thames.
For centuries our harbor has guarded the Thames River and entry to Long Island Sound, with Navy and Coast Guard installations, the ship building industries that support them, as well as two forts that have seen battles, defeats and the birthplace of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. From the vantage point of the river you‘ll understand the strategic value of this storied waterway and region and hear a few of the 1000 stories in the Park.
Preferred Role - Military on the Thames Tour
Interpreters: Share the stories and communicates the significance and meaning of the Park's heritage sites and their stories. They work to educate and raise awareness. Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Well-Heeled and Wannabees: The Gilded Age on the Thames
In the late 19th century New London and Groton were favorite summer vacation spots for the growing middle class - both the wealthy and the comfortably well off. Among the families summering here was that of Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose career as artist, designer, and glassmaker is chronicled in a new exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Museum and Fredrick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect and designer of New York City's Central Park. Board an historic navy utility boat with a seasoned interpreter to see Eastern Point summer cottages in Groton, elegant homes of financier Morton Plant and publisher Theodore Bodenwein, and hear stories of the vacationers from around the world who enjoyed the region in the late 1800s.
Preferred Role - Gilded Age on the Thames Tour
Interpreters: Share the stories and communicates the significance and meaning of the Park's heritage sites and their stories. They work to educate and raise awareness. Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Blowholes, Blubber, & Breaches. Whaling Tales from the Thames.
Once the second largest whaling port in the world, New London has a rich history of seamen who made their living exploiting the ocean’s bounty. From its early days of sealing to the 1858 departure of the Nile, the ship which made longest whaling voyage on record, over 257 whaling ships making more than 1,100 whaling expeditions sailed out of the Thames River. Through views from the river, you’ll begin to appreciate the life stories of whaling captains and crews, the city’s dependency on the whaling industry, and the vulnerability of the seamen’s families while the men were out at sea … just a few of the 1000 stories in the Park.
Preferred Role - Whaling on the Thames
Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Water, Wampum, & Medicine Wheels. Mohegan Life on the Thames.
The first inhabitants along the western side of the Massapequatuck (Thames) River — the Mohegan tribe — settled here from the time of Sachem Uncas’ birth toward the end of the 16th century. This area — roughly between present day Norwich and New London — was and continues to be the vital heart of Mohegan country. Led by Tribal members, this fascinating tour will include stories demonstrating how crucial the Thames River was for food, wildlife, transportation, and trade as well as their relationship with the colonists.
Preferred Role - Mohegan Life on the Thames
Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Discover the Thames Happy Hour Harbor Cruise
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with cruise which will either feature partner site fundraisers or a local celebrity as the highlight of the cruise. You bring the cooler (alcohol is permitted) and we’ll bring the entertainment. Each Friday the Discover the Thames Happy Hour Cruise will feature someone to delight, entertain, and inform while you cruise past many historic sites and take in the shoreline views from our navy utility boat. Our line up to follow.
Preferred Role - Happy Hour Cruise
Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Special Events
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with distributing information, checking-in guests in for cruises, distributing earbuds and receivers as needed, etc.
Preferred Role - Special Events
Greeters/Ambassadors: Welcome guests, assist with guest check in and distribution and collection of audio receivers and earbuds and evaluation forms.
Interpreter and Greeter/Ambassador Training
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