Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Essex, CT
Essex, a town on the west bank of the Connecticut River about 5 miles above Saybrook Point, is a major destination for visiting boaters and others seeking to explore this stunning community’s maritime connections. Those ties go all the way back to 1814, when Essex gained its claim to fame as being one of the very few American towns to ever be attacked by a foreign power. The British’s bloodless attack led to the commandeering of the town and the burning of several ships that were under construction, a testament to the strategic importance of Essex shipbuilders.
In the two centuries since, the maritime industry has continued to flourish in Essex, with the crews at Brewer Dauntless Shipyard becoming much sought-after for their skills in repairing, restoring, and maintaining yachts of all sizes and styles. The town has also become a popular tourist destination, with travelers taking in the authentic fare at the Griswold Inn, sampling the many shops on Main Street, and enjoying the village’s old-world charm. Whether you arrive by boat or by car, Essex is a delightful destination for anyone interested in making a deeper connection to America’s maritime heritage.
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