GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum, located at Pier 22, will play host to visiting tall ship, El Galéon, from April 13 – 23, 2017. El Galéon is a replica of a majestic Spanish galleon that beautifully captures and represents Spanish culture, thus becoming an extraordinary attraction in each and every port she visits. Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers a unique space to perform a wide range of events, as well as excellent zones that serve as the interpretive center dedicated to galleons.
Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last tickets will be sold at 6:30 p.m.), except Saturday, April 22 (open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets for touring the ship are $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 6 – 12 and free for 5 and under. Tickets to tour Galveston Historical Foundation’s Tall Ship ELISSA are also available at a separate charge.
“GHF is excited to welcome the El Galéon to our Pier 22 as a companion to our historic vessel ELISSA. This is a rare opportunity to see this amazing Spanish ship and meet its crew”, states Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director. “This visits sets the stage for our inaugural Tall Ship extravaganza planned for April 2018. Join us as we explore and learn about our maritime heritage.”
ABOUT EL GALÈON
The breathtaking 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon allows visitors to step back in time to the early days of Spanish sailing. Spanish Galleons, used primarily for their cargo transporting abilities, were frequently bought and sold by Spanish and English governments during the 1600s, and often taken over and converted into Pirate ships in the rough Caribbean waters.
In 2006, The Nao Victoria Fundacion undertook a special project to reconstruct, to scale, a 16th Century Spanish Galleon. The crew of El Galéon, still living aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves tours to those interested in feeling under their feet the awe of a 170 foot sailing vessel once used in the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas.
ABOUT THE 1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA
Named 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.