The town of Essex (celebrates) every year the loss of its fleet by the British soldiers in April of 1814. Many accounts exist to how this took place but the common theme is that the Britons anchored in Old Saybrook and used launches to reach Essex through Connecticut river. They were detected by the lighthouse keeper but could not do anything as there were no American troops around.
The following videos and photos show the ceremony commemorating the raid and the day Essex suffered its biggest loss as it was a ship building town back in those days:
A useful source to count the details of that day may be found on Connecticut river museum’s website authored by J. Stuart Rankin, Jr.:
This was on May 6th after I was done with a doctor’s appointment in New London. I had my camera gear and thought a walk by the water would be nice…Snatched the telephoto lens and the tripod and started roaming around:
Waves were just hammering the rocks on that day, watch how they splash in later photos