Galveston Historical Foundation
ELISSA Birthday Party

ELISSA’s 142nd Birthday Party With Saint Arnold Brewing Company

She’s looking fantastic for 142! Help us celebrate The Official Tall Ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, at this special History on Tap tasting on Saturday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. Your $20 ticket gets you admission to ELISSA’s Birthday Party at the Texas Seaport Museum, onboard the ship, and complimentary craft beer courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. You’ll need that beer for a special toast to the ship which you won’t want to miss. We’re biased, but there’s nothing better than an Elissa IPA onboard ELISSA.

In addition to the delicious craft beer, we’ll have a special ELISSA birthday cake, will show Game Four of the World Series on one of Elissa’s sails on the dock, and are offering free admission to anyone named Elissa. Simply show up at the gate with your ID and you’re in to share in ELISSA’s Birthday Party and celebration!



Keeping this historic vessel actively sailing takes thousands of manhours and volunteers. You can help with that work by considering a donation of the following for a birthday gift she’ll use and enjoy. Donation boxes will be on site for those wishing to contribute any of the items below.

  • Gift certificates to West Marine
  • Gift Certificates to Jamestown Distributers
  • Gift Certificates to Hamilton Marine
  • Gift Certificates to Home Depot
  • Gift Certificates to Harbor Freight
  • Charitable Donations for ELISSA repair and maintenance.
  • Tormek T-3 sharpening system
  • Wire cumalongs, 8000 lb pull
  • Sawzall blades
  • 4 ½” grinder discs, and flap disks
  • Detail wood scrapers
  • 10 Ton Super Heavy Duty Portable Hydraulic Equipment Kit ( porta power, harbor freight)
  • Chisel sets
  • Industrial electric extension cords
  • 4 ½” cut off wheels
  • Router bits
  • Dust masks
  • Waxed sail thread
  • Sail needles
  • 9” paint rollers for oil based paint
  • 3” paint rollers for oil based paint
  • Paint roller frames 9” and 3”
  • Carton of 2” chip brushes
  • Carton of 3” chip brushes
  • Clorox bleach
  • Simple green
  • Sponges
  • Box fans
  • West Systems epoxy
  • Marine-grade grease
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Penetrol
  • Fluid film
  • Japan dryer
  • AA alkaline batteries
  • D alkaline batteries
  • 9V alkaline batteries
  • Electrical tape
  • Cloth Friction Tape
  • Nitrile gloves (all sizes)
  • Hand cleaner (GoJo, Fast Orange)
  • Gatorade
  • Bulk Coffee


Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrap yard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a sea port and active waterfront.


GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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