Guests to Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum could find themselves with even more to experience this summer. As part of their “Summer at the Seaport” series, Texas Seaport Museum will be offering specially created classes from June 9 through August 8. These classes begin at 11 a.m. and are located at Pier 22 and Harborside in Galveston. Classes are free with general admission.

The courses will give youth participants a hands on opportunity to interact with the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official Tall Ship of Texas, while learning various aspects of seamanship and preservation of the historic vessel. Admission is free with paid general admission to the Texas Seaport Museum. Advance registrations are available below.

“Summer at the Seaport will be highlighting what life at sea was like for the 19th century sailor, “ explains Susan Vanderford, Coordinator of Maritime Education and Programs. “Sailor’s lives were fraught with danger and uncertainty, but also adventure and discovery. Our classes this summer will delve into the science of navigation, the art of sailing and the innovation of the maritime world.”

2018 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

June 9: Set a Sail (max 15)! – Ever wonder what life was like for a sailor in the 19th century? Join Texas Seaport Museum’s volunteer crew in setting a sail at dock on the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! Participants will learn the language of seafaring, how to work together as a group and what it took to make it out on the high seas!

June 16: A History of Hurricanes – Join the Texas Seaport Museum as we welcome Alan Bunn, Navigation Manager for the Office of Coast Survey, a division of NOAA. This presentation will focus on historic Hurricanes of the Gulf, the science behind their nature and even a fun craft. Make your own hurricane in a jar to take home!

June 23: Set a Sail (max 15)! – Ever wonder what life was like for a sailor in the 19th century? Join Texas Seaport Museum’s volunteer crew in setting a sail at dock on the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! Participants will learn the language of seafaring, how to work together as a group and what it took to make it out on the high seas!

June 30: Discover Galveston Bay – Plankton! – Dolphins and fish and sharks….OH MY! What other bay inhabitant helps to support the entire ecosystem? PLANKTON! Join our marine Biologist, Sid Steffens, as we hunt for plankton right off of the dock.

July 7: Set a Sail (max 15) – Come get hands-on with history at our Scrimshaw candle workshop! Known as a pastime for sailors on whaling vessels in New England, scrimshaw has been around for around 200 years. Learn about this truly American pastime and take home your own piece of maritime history!

July 14: “Around Cape Horn” Irving Johnson – Join us at the Texas Seaport Museum for a special viewing of the famous film “Around Cape Horn”, a simple but brilliant production of Irving Johnson’s time aboard the PEKING in 1929. During his voyage on the big German windjammer, Johnson compiled unequaled footage of the crew’s daily activities, and spectacular images of a wild storm as the ship made the dangerous passage around. (37 minutes)

July 21: Baggy Wrinkle – Come help ELISSA crew make an important part of the ship’s rigging; BAGGY WRINKLE! Used as a traditional way to protect ELISSA”s sails from rubbing on the wire stays and manila lines, baggy wrinkle is more than just a fun word to say!

July 28: Cotton is King – Cotton has always been Galveston’s most precious export. Come learn about this important plant’s journey from the fields surrounding Houston to the docks of Galveston Harbor. A special guest from the George Ranch Historical Park will guide us in a hands on demo of cotton carding and weaving.

Aug 4: Nautical Yarns – Sea Monsters in the Age of Sail – For centuries, sailors have been telling tall tales about the mysterious creatures that live under the waves. Join us as we discuss the different sea monsters that have inhabited the Earth’s oceans and even create our own creatures from deep!

For more information on Galveston Historical Foundation’s Summer at the Seaport, please contact Susan Vaderford, Coordinator of Maritime Education and Programs at 409-763-1877 or susan.vanderford@www.galvestonhistory.org.

 

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