Burning of the fleet in Essex Connecticut

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.:

https://www.ctrivermuseum.org/content/maritimeessex/raid.html

Here are some photos I took on that day:

Fort Trumbull in New London, Connecticut

After Ocean Beach I drove along the shore and found a sign that said Fort Trumbull state park. I parked there and again grabbed my camera. Here are a few shots…

The fort was used mainly to protect New London harbor area from attacks during the British occupation and served as home for Coast guards and navy later on.

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It was quite a grey day..perfect setting for a fort protecting Thames river inlet towards the rest of Connecticut!

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From the visitors’ center, the river is on the far end

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Low angle shot of the sidewall

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It was 7:00 PM so I wasn’t to go inside anyway!

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They were having an argument over who will cook dinner!

See the video for the audio:

 

 

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Thames river and the piers and pedestrian walkways

 

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That’s the i 95 over there

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the fort as seen from waterside

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Battery at Fort Tumbull to protect New London harbor from British attacks!

 

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  Low angle shot. Imagine there was a battle and how the canons would have been blazing..

More shots of New London can be found on Picasa web albums:

New London Ocean Beach in Connecticut

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:

Ocean Beach waves 

Waves were just hammering the rocks on that day, watch how they splash in later photos

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Hit the rock from the back

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And now splash all over the place

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The perfect timing

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Love in Connecticut

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You may find the full album on Picasa web albums…