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 8 through August 3. These classes begin at 10:30 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.

“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.”

2019 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

June 8: Sailor’s Knots – Figure 8 Bracelets (30 min) Come try your hand at some fancy work! This class will focus on the more decorative knots you see aboard ELISSA. Participants will tie their own Figure 8 bracelet to take home!

June 15: Set a Sail (Max 15, 45 min) – 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 22: Meal Time on the Main (30 min) Come join our crew as we experience food on the high seas. This program will discuss the various cooking methods while at sea, as well as include a hard tack cooking class! Challenge! Who can make the best tasting ship’s biscuits?

June 29: Flag Etiquette (30 min) – 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.

July 6: Sing like a sailor! (30 min) –Working as a team and pulling lines together was important part of being a 19th century sailor and music kept the beat! As a group, we’ll learn some traditional sea shanties and how they were used aboard ships throughout the ages.

July 13: “Around Cape Horn” Irving Johnson (40 min) – 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.  

July 20: Set a Sail (Max 15, 45 min) – 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 27: Let’s Talk Trash (1hr) – As a member of the ocean sailing community, ELISSA and her crew are supporters of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s PLASTIC PLEDGE! This program will briefly discuss marine debris and how you can help save our oceans from more pollution. We will be making reusable recycled T-shirt Bags for you to take home. Please bring an old adult sized T-shirt. TAKE THE PLEDGE! 

August 3: Dolphin Discovery (1hr) – Join us at the Texas Seaport Museum as we learn about our local marine mammal…the Bottle-nosed dolphin! Our Marine Biologist will discuss the anatomy, behaviors and lifestyles of our local dolphin pods through interactive games and crafts. For an added experience, take our 11:30 am dolphin tour aboard the SEAGULL II, a 1 hour historic and dolphin friendly tour. (Tickets must be purchased separately $10 for adults, $8 for youths and 5 and under are free. Tour is subject to weather.)

For more information on Galveston Historical Foundation’s Summer at the Seaport, please contact Susan Vanderford, Coordinator of Maritime Education and Programs at 409-765-3432 or susan.vanderford@galvestonhistory.org.

 

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