Galveston Historical Foundation

ELISSA’s Seaport Social : Celebrating 145 Years of the Official Tall Ship of Texas

The official tall ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, is turning 145, and to celebrate, we’re throwing dockside get-together to remember! You’re invited to join GHF on Saturday, October 29, from 6-9 p.m. at our Galveston Historic Seaport on Pier 22. Tickets are limited and are $75 per person and include celebratory cake, food, complimentary drinks, dockside music, and more. Ticket sales help support the National Historic Landmark.


No party on the ELISSA during Halloween weekend would be complete without a nautical-themed costume party. Come in your sea-inspired best for your chance to win fortune, fame, and awards. Live music will be on hand to set the tone with the soundtrack, food from Robinette and Company, and a custom-themed ELISSA birthday cake from Jazz Bird Bakery will be on site. Our friends at Saint Arnold Brewing Company will also be joining us for a VERY special 2023 announcement!


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 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, a Tall Ship for Texas, welcomes visitors at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Experience Galveston’s maritime history daily.


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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