The New London Maritime Society hasn’t given up on trying to acquire Little Gull Island, enlisting letters of support to change the federal government’s plan to sell it to the highest bidder.

The maritime society began its pitch in an email blast about 2 weeks ago, and thus far, about 50 people have responded by sending emails to the General Services Administration, the federal agency in charge of the sale of the 1-acre island in eastern Long Island Sound, said Susan Tamulevich, maritime society director.

“People understand that once it’s gone and in private hands, it’s gone,” Tamulevich said Tuesday.

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