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Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard 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, the 1877 Tall Ship 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 seaport and active waterfront. The 1877 ELISSA welcomes visitors at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Experience Galveston’s maritime history daily. fh_px facebook twitter instagram
ABOUT THE TALL SHIPS® THROWDOWN
The 2020 Tall Ships Throwdown brings together ships from across the country to share in some good-natured competition while raising money and awareness for their respective programs. Presented in partnership with Tall Ships America, Galveston Historical Foundation hosts these virtual vessels for daily lectures and a week of spirited competition from October 5 through 10th.
ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
Galveston Historical Foundation (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.
ABOUT TALL SHIPS AMERICA
Tall Ships America is a non-profit educational organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is commended by Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States. We support and promote the ships, people, and programs of sail training through scholarships for youth, professional services and advocacy, the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the annual TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series of races and events, and the biannual publication of Sail Tall Ships!, the world’s definitive directory of sail training.