March 1, 2021

Connecticut River Museum Lecture Series Returns

Historian and author John Laurence Busch of New Canaan, CT will present Steam Coffin, a special program at the Connecticut River Museum on Thursday, October 7.

Essex, CT – Now in reconstruction after a severe fire in August, the Connecticut River Museum has re-opened the Boathouse Gallery and Education Center and  announced the return of its monthly lecture series.

On Thursday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, the fascinating age of steam power comes back to life with a provocative program presented by historian and author John Laurence Busch. 

Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break The Barrier will transport you to the experimental days of steam-powered boats and show why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a “steamship” was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. 

Based on extensive research done by Mr. Busch for his new novel of the same name, the program will highlight the significant role played by New London Captain Moses Rogers, one of the first steamboat captains in history. 

A book signing and light refreshments will follow the program.  Admission is $5 for the general public but free for Connecticut River Museum members.  Please call (860)767-8269 to reserve a spot or go to for more information.  The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the Essex waterfront.