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 10 through August 12. These classes begin at 11 a.m. and are located at Pier 22 and Harborside in Galveston.

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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. Tickets for each class are $3 for children under five, $12 for youth aged 6-18 and $15 for adults and available at www.galvestonhistory.org or by calling 409-763-1877.

“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.”

2016 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

June 10: Set a sail! –  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 17: Flag Etiquette – Step into a world of maritime language! Learn how ships used to communicate with each other using only color and lines. Then create your own flag which we will fly at ELISSA’s mast.

June 24: Light House Project – Come learn about one of the most important buildings in nautical history; the Lighthouse! This program will discuss a light house’s important role in bringing sailors safely into port, as well as creating our own beacon to guide us home!

July 1: Set a Sail! – 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!

July 8: By the Compass Rose – Discover how ships sailed accurately around the globe using a simple compass! Students will help make a homemade compass right on the dock and test it against a modern compass. Then, draw your own compass rose to navigate your way home.

July 15: Marlin Spike Seamanship 101 – Join us at the Texas Seaport Museum as we teach another great, nautical knot tying class! Participants will practice the Turks Head knot, which can be used as a marker on a ship’s wheel, or even to make jewelry! All will students will make and bring home a Turks head bracelet.

July 22: 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 29: Set a Sail! – 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!

Aug 5: Opening of the Trade Routes – 1853. Japan opens its ports to trade with the United States of America. Come explore the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA and learn about her life as a cargo ship that sailed around the world. This class will discuss trade routes and cargo, especially those out of Japan. Hands-on project will include origami art.
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Aug 12: Sailing by the Stars – Long before clocks were invented, sailors could tell the time at night just by using the stars. Come down to the Texas Seaport Museum and create your own star clock, learn how it works, then take it home to try it out on the night sky!  

 

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@galvestonhistory.org.

 

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