Thames River Heritage: Help Launch the 3rd Water Taxi

On Wednesday, August 24th Thames River Heritage Park Foundation’s board of directors announced a public campaign to raise funds to refurbish and launch the Nautilus, the Park’s third water taxi.

With addition of the 3rd boat, the Park will create a new route from the new Nautilus dock at SUBASE New London to City Pier connecting both the cities of New London and Groton with the Submarine Force Library and Museum, the historic ship Nautilus, and their 200,000 annual visitors.

Individual donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $15,000, from a fund established with personal contributions from members of the Foundation’s board.

“The board is deeply committed to extending the water taxi service to the Submarine Force Library and Museum and the Nautilus. The matching fund exemplifies the board members’ dedication to both supporting the heritage sites and promoting tourism along the Thames,” stated Catherine Foley, executive director.
Individual contributions may be made by going to and clicking “Donate Today!”

Thames River Heritage Park Foundation was established to connect, support, promote and sustain the heritage sites and institutional partners along the Thames: Avery-Copp House Museum, Bill Memorial Library, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Ebenezer Avery House, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Fort Trumbull State Park, Garde Arts Center, Hempsted Houses, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Monte Cristo Cottage, Nathan Hale School House, Old Town Mill, OpSail CT/CT Maritime Heritage Festival, NL Black Heritage Trail, NL Custom House Museum/NL Maritime Society, Pequot Chapel, Shaw Mansion/NL County Historical Society, Submarine Force Library and Museum / USS Nautilus, Ye Antientist Burial Ground.

Thames River Heritage Park Foundation operates the water taxi service and offers history-themed narrated boat tours and harbor cruises on the Thames along with private charters during the summer season. In the off-season, Thames River Heritage Park Foundation works with partner sites and institutions to develop collaborative programs, such as, the popular Docent Academy, Past and Present Visions of the Thames lecture series, and marketing campaigns encouraging tourists to “Discover the Thames”.

For more information on the Park, the Foundation, and their programs and services, contact Catherine Foley at