GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum will play host to another legendary ship in October as the Schooner AMERICA makes a stop in Galveston from Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30 from 10am – 5pm daily (last ticket is sold at 4 pm). During their stay, the public is invited to tour the ship each morning and even take a rare journey onboard during special afternoon sail-aways. Viewing tickets are $18 per person, available at Texas Seaport Museum, and allow access to both AMERICA and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and are available at the Texas Seaport Museum. Sail-away tickets are $85 per person for adults and $42.50 for children 17 and under.

AMERICA will be available for tours on:

  • Thursday, October 27 : 10 am – 1:30 pm
  • Friday, October 28 : 9 am – 12 pm
  • Saturday, October 29 : 9 am – 11:30 am
  • Sunday, October 30 : 9 am – 11:30 am

AMERICA will be available for sail aways on:

  • Thursday, October 27 : 2:30 & 5 pm
  • Friday, October 28 : 1 & 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 29 : 12:30 & 3 pm
  • Sunday, October 30 : 12:30 & 3 pm

In addition to the tours and sail-away schedule, AMERICA’s Captain Troy Sears will also give a lecture on the ship and her remarkable history on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is free with advance RSVP.

Additionally, GHF will host a special happy hour, complete with sunset cannon fire, for the ship featuring seasonal craft beers from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Held on Friday, October 28 from 6-8 p.m., tickets are $30 per person and include complimentary beer.


“Our crew is thrilled to have the opportunity to visit so many great ports and sailing clubs along the Eastern seaboard,” America’s Captain, Troy Sears states. “We’re especially looking forward to reaching out to junior sailing programs, helping to inspire the next generation of yacht racing enthusiasts and fans.”

ABOUT THE SCHOONER AMERICA

mg_12134-610x406The original AMERICA put yachting on the map and, without exaggerating, is the world’s most famous racing yacht. In 1851, a boat named ‘AMERICA’ won the ‘Royal Yacht Squadrons’ 100 Guinea Cup given to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight. It is said that the margin was so great that watching AMERICA sail past the royal yacht, Queen Victoria famously asked “Who came second?” “Your majesty, there is no second” was the reply. The winners, members of the New York Yacht Club, donated the trophy to the Club, to be held as a ‘challenge’ trophy. Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the boat, not the country.

Her later career was equally as colorful. Conveyor of secret agents, Confederate blockade runner, Union warship, Naval Academy training vessel, and pride and joy of a famous Civil War general and politician. By her end in 1945, she was one of the most honored vessels in the United States. While the original was destroyed during World War II, this AMERICA is a near perfect replica built in 1995 at a cost of more than $6 million. Now, AMERICA has been selected as the ambassador for the America’s Cup Tour, visiting sites along the west coast, Mexico, U.S. gulf and east coast, and the Caribbean.

ABOUT THE 1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA

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.

15 Responses

  1. Doyle Davis

    I would love to photo either/both of these sail ships under sail. Could you let me know when America and Elissa will be sailing in the Galveston area?

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  2. Mary

    I would like to find out more about the restoration of the Elissa. What company or group did the actual work? Thank you.

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    • Galveston Historical Foundation

      Christina,

      America will be open for viewing Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30 from 10am – 5pm daily (last ticket is sold at 4 pm). Viewing tickets are $18 per person and allow access to both AMERICA and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and are available at the Texas Seaport Museum.

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  3. Ann

    What time can you “tour the ship” each morning? (America and Elissa). How can I purchase tickets online in advance? Under the shop/tickets tab I only see tickets for the lecture (sold out), happy hour and sail away.

    Also, what day/time is America expected to sail into the harbor so we might catch her sailing in? Thanks!

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    • Galveston Historical Foundation

      Ann,

      America will be open for viewing Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30 from 10am – 5pm daily (last ticket is sold at 4 pm). Viewing tickets are $18 per person and allow access to both AMERICA and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and are available at the Texas Seaport Museum. Tickets for viewing are not available online.

      We will post information on this page as we know an estimated arrival time.

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  4. Lynda

    We purchased tickets online,but never received actual tickets. Do we just tell the person our name when we arrive on Friday?

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  5. Donna Ober

    We were scheduled for the noon trip today. I broke my foot yesterday and can’t come. What can I do?

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  6. Rudolph Castaneda

    Unfortunately, I read about the America’s visit to galveston on 10/30/16. Had I known she would be in Galveston, my wife and I would have traveled from North West Houston to visit the beatiful schooner. We were fortunate to sail on her in San Diego 2014. Captain Troy, and his crew were wonderful. It was an excellent time, where they worked hard to make the afternoon sail enjoyable, comfortable, and safe. They even put us within sighting distance of blue whales. A most memorable trip. She is a grand ship. I highly recommend visiting her. (There she blows!!!!).

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