Galveston Historical Foundation
1877 ELISSA Dry Dock

2021 ELISSA Drydock Campaign

Created using the Donation Thermometer plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/donation-thermometer/.$150,000Raised $40,000 towards the $150,000 target.$40,000Raised $40,000 towards the $150,000 target.27%As part of the Official Tall Ship of Texas’ Coast Guard approved plan, the 1877 ELISSA is required to enter drydock twice every 5 years. You can support the efforts of Galveston Historical Foundation in its mission by contributing to the 2021 Drydock campaign.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 by early 2021 and we can do that with your help! Donate today to help ensure that this National Historic Landmark continues to do what so few are left to do today, keep sailing through the Gulf as a true sailing piece of history.



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, 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.


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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