Galveston Historical Foundation
Art of the Barque

The Art of the Barque – Day Sail Lecture


Join Captain John Svendsen and Captain Mark Scibinico for The Art of the Barque, as they present what life is like sailing on historic ships in a modern world. The lecture will focus on sailing techniques for square-rigged sailing ships and how we better understand the aerodynamics and movements of these age-old vessels. Admission includes complimentary beer and wine. This special lecture, held in conjunction with the 2020 day sail series, will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pier 21 Theater, 2100 Harborside. Tickets are $15 per person and include complimentary beer and wine.


About Mark Scibinico

Mark has been working on the water since 2004. He began his sailing career on the west coast in 2008. Since then he has been sailing on various vessels on both sides of the American Continent traveling as far north as Canada and as far south as the Antarctic. Serving onboard the Lady Washington, the Hawaiian Chieftain, the Schooner Lynx and the Pride of Baltimore 2, as well as many other vessels he has held positions as bosun, mate and relief captain throughout the years. In addition, he has been involved in several restoration and rigging projects including the Lady Maryland rebuild and the second restoration of ELISSA in 2012-2013. He continued on with GHF as bosun and waterfront manager before serving as Port Captain and now the Director of the Texas Seaport Museum.

About John Svendsen

John comes to us from the SeaCloud, a luxury sailing vessel that traverses the globe. Originally from Minnesota, he has spent a large part of his life on the ocean, both as a sailor and a certified dive instructor in Hawaii. John first served on ELISSA in 2015 as second mate and has moved up the ranks to become her captain for the last 3 years. Some of his past hitches include Sorlandet, Bounty and the San Diego Marine Exchange.


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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