Today is Friday, September 22, 2023 The Water Taxi is not running.
On this Harvest Moon ... Cruise the Thames to delight in the beauty of the full moon on the Long Island Sound.

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2023 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 Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise / Water Taxi
Ride the Water Taxi for two circuits of the Harbor. Hand out Brochures, answer questions, point out the sites and provide information on the Park to visitors. Shift starts and ends at Fort Trumbull
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.
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.
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.
Water, Wampum, & Medicine Wheels. Mohegan Life on the Thames.
Ambassadors needed to support the Mohegan Elder Interpreters. 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.
Hempsted House Boat Tours
Ambassadors needed to support these tours which will includes the White Sails and Black Hands Tours and the Hempsted Diary Tours.
Patriots and Red Coats. Revolutionary War on the Thames
Ambassadors needed to support the Interpreter. On September 6, 1781, the British landed 800 men on the Groton side of the Thames River, about 1 ½ miles south of Fort Griswold, as well as an additional 800 soldiers on the New London side. The combined forces were commanded by General Benedict Arnold, who was from Norwich, Connecticut. British troops in Groton were slowed by tangled woods and swamps, and the British artillery could not keep pace with the foot troops, who came within striking distance of Fort Griswold at 10:00 a.m. Hear about the battle and the burning of New London as we commemorate this historic day.
Commerce and Defense: Maritime History of the Thames to 1865
Ambassadors needed to support the Interpreter. Travel back in time to 1865 and meet Commodore Joseph Lanman as he returns to his native area on shore leave. Commodore Lanman will present the maritime history of the Thames River from its early settlement until the “current time” as you tour the river. He will share stories of life on the river and explain its importance to the state and the nation during peacetime and wartime.
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.
Sunset Cruise on the Thames
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with cruise. Cruise down the Thames to the Long Island Sound. As the sun sets in the west and the skies explode with breathtaking hues of gold and pink. Bring snacks and beverages of your choice (plastic please). Come join us for an unforgettable evening. !
By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Full Moon Cruise on the Thames
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with cruise. Cruise down the Thames to the Long Island Sound. As the sun sets in the west and the skies explode with breathtaking hues of gold and pink, enjoy the light of the silvery full moon as it creates a path of glittering gold along the water at sunset*. Bring snacks and beverages of your choice (plastic please). Come join us for an unforgettable evening. !
Fireworks Cruises on the Thames
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with cruise. Depending on demand, we will use more than one boat. Get right under the action! The TRHP Fireworks Cruise will bring you for a tour down the Thames River and — weather permitting — out to the Ledge Lighthouse and back to secure a front row spot for the fireworks display. You may bring a picnic basket with snacks and drinks.
Special Events
Hosts / Greeters needed to assist with distributing information, checking-in guests in for cruises, distributing earbuds and receivers as needed, etc.
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