Join GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum for its first Main Sail Movie Night as Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” movie will be projected on one of the ship’s sails on the pier at Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 22 and Haborside. Admission is free with RSVP. The movie will begin at 6 pm on Friday, November 11 and the public is encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Beer, refreshments and food will be available for purchase dockside.


“In the Heart of the Sea” recounts the tale of the ESSEX, a whaling ship out of New England that was sunk by a giant white whale in 1820. This story would go on to inspire Herman Melville to write the classic novel MOBY DICK.

“This story is the basis for one of the most iconic maritime fiction adventurers ever written. Everyone has heard of Moby Dick, but not everyone realizes that it is based on the true story of the ESSEX,” explains Susan Vanderford, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Maritime Education and Programs Coordinator. “While whaling was not a common occupation for those fisherman living on the Gulf Coast in the early 1800s, they shared a similar language and lifestyle that is accurately portrayed in this film.”


elissaNamed in 2005 by the Texas legislature as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, ELISSA is one of only three 19th-century iron square-riggers in the World that continues to sail. Built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland, the iron-hulled vessel boasts a 90-year commercial history during which she carried a variety of cargoes to ports around the world, including Galveston. A National Historic Landmark and a fully functional sailing vessel, ELISSA has achieved a special place in history by sailing in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

After being abandoned as a freighter in Piraeus Harbor, Greece, ELISSA was rescued in the 1970s by a group of preservationists who refused to let her and her rich history die. Following extensive restoration, she today is part of the museum’s permanent exhibit and one of Galveston Island’s most popular attractions. Measuring 205 feet in length with a height of 99 feet and nine inches at the main mast, she carries 19 sails that cover more than a quarter of an acre in surface area. When not sailing, ELISSA is open for daily tours at the Texas Seaport Museum, located at Pier 22, just off Harborside Drive in downtown Galveston.

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