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 5. These classes begin at 11 a.m. and are located at Pier 22 and Harborside in Galveston.

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.

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“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.”

2017 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

June 10: 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 17: Scavenger Hunt Day (no max) – Want to learn more about ELISSA? This ship wide scavenger hunt is a fun an educational way to connect with the life of a 19th century sailor.

June 24: Sea Shanties (no max) – Working together was important on sailing ships and music kept the beat. As a group we’ll learn some traditional sea shanties and how they were used on ships to get the men working as one!

July 1: 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!

July 8: Scrimshaw Candle Workshop (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 15: Flower Garden Banks (no max) – Did you know we have coral reefs off the coast of Texas? Come discover the reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Be a coral. Build a coral reef with Legos. Could YOU survive the things a coral colony survives? Come find out!

July 22: 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!

July 29: Sun Dial (no max) – How did sailors tell time before the invention of the chronometer? Discover how navigation at sea relied on telling time in order to know the exact location of a ship…sort of…. Class will build their own sun dial to help!

Aug 5: Flag Etiquette (no max) – 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.
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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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