Galveston Historical Foundation
ELISSA Figurehead

ELISSA’s 143rd Birthday Party With Saint Arnold Brewing Company

The official tall ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, turns 143, and to celebrate, our friends at Saint Arnold Brewing Company are making it a day to remember. You’re invited to join GHF on Saturday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m. at our Galveston Historic Seaport. Limited to 75 total guests, this special, outdoor, and socially distanced event, welcomes you to the Galveston Historic Seaport. Celebratory cake, complimentary beer, dockside music, and a special gift to you are included in your ticket purchase.


In addition to the birthday fun, we will also be announcing our upcoming drydock fundraising campaign, enjoying a special presentation from Texas’ oldest craft brewery, and highlighting the 2021 work occurring at the seaport, including the exciting Ship to Shore exhibit.

Please note: As part of GHF’s COVID response plan, all guests are required to wear a mask upon entering the property and to wear one at all times except when eating or drinking. Multiple handwashing stations will be provided and guests are asked to remain 6 feet or more from any individuals not in their group.


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 (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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