APRIL 7, 2018 – TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM
“The 2018 Plankowner’s dinner and auction will be an exciting early summer event,” says Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director. “ It’s a time to meet others interested in our maritime history in Galveston and support the continued restoration of the 19th century tall ship ELISSA.”
Texas Seaport Museum founded the ELISSA Plankowners’ Syndicate in 1980 to honor a special group of donors. Through in-kind and cash contributions, individuals and businesses purchased planks for ELISSA’s decks. In 1985, Plankowners’ Syndicate members were invited to the first Plankowners’ Syndicate Party. The sale of the final plank inspired a new opportunity for the sale of 318 iron hull plates and in 1990, Hullplate Owners joined the Syndicate and the tradition was opened to GHF members and guests. The annual event is now open to the general public.
Membership in the Plankowners’ Syndicate was later institutionalized to provide ongoing financial support for Texas’ tall ship. Numbered planks were “sold” for increasing prices as availability decreased. Finally, the last plank was auctioned in June of 1990. A new opportunity to support ELISSA and the Texas Seaport Museum was inaugurated in September of 1990 when the sale of ELISSA’s 318 iron hull plates was added to the Syndicate offerings.
The Syndicate includes individuals, businesses, and memorial gifts. Planks and hull plates have been purchased to honor new babies, as wedding and birthday gifts, and as rememberances of loved ones. A hullplate sales table will be open throughout the evening.
In 1985, Plankowners were invited to the first Plankowners’ Syndicate Auction, an opportunity to purchase nautical items which had been donated for the support of ELISSA. The affair proved to be a big success, and thus began the annual party and auction. In 1990 the tradition was opened to GHF members and guests. The party is now held at the Texas Seaport Museum and includes entertainment, food, drinks, and silent and live auctions. Funds generated from this event go for the support of the many educational programs of Texas Seaport Museum and ongoing maintenance of ELISSA.
An essential stage of ELISSA’s 2012-13 restoration was the renewal of her timber deck planks, which after over 30 years under the hot Texas sun required complete replacement. Unlike the 1980 restoration, quality Douglas fir timber is costly. Each plank for the current restoration project has an estimated, average cost of over $900. Over 468 new deck planks were worked and fastened into place during the Fall of 2013. This was the last major milestone in returning ELISSA to sea and to have her grace the waters of the Gulf of Mexico under sail again.
For this tax-deductible contribution, the ELISSA Plankowners’ Syndicate II member receives:
- Recognition on a plaque displayed in the Texas Seaport Museum.
- A section of new planking engraved with the image of ELISSA and plank number.
- Invitations to the Plankowners’ Sailabration and other special events for the Plankowners’ Syndicate