She’s looking fantastic for 141! Help us celebrate the October birthday of The Official Tall Ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, at this special History on Tap tasting on Saturday, October 20 from 6-8 p.m. Your $20 ticket gets you admission to the Texas Seaport Museum, onboard the ship, and complimentary craft beer courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. You’ll need that beer for a special toast to the ship which you won’t want to miss. We’re biased, but there’s nothing better than an Elissa IPA onboard ELISSA.
In addition to the delicious craft beer, we’ll have a special ELISSA birthday cake and are offering free admission to anyone named Elissa. Simply show up at the gate with your ID and you’re in to share in the celebration!

Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrap yard 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 sea port 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.

2 Responses

  1. honorato medina III

    My dad Honorato Medina Jr volunteered to assist restore the ship. He being a machinist made the port hole covers and helped to build the steering mechanism.
    He loved doing this.

  2. John M. Cheramie

    Thanks for the invitation! 33 years ago this Saturday, October 20th, I married my late wife Nita aboard Elissa. Ours was the first wedding aboard the ship since she arrived in Galveston, or so I was told Oct 30, 1985 by the volunteer who took my booking. Six years later, April 1991, our daughter Melissa was born. Sadly, Nita died before our 25th anniversary.
    Cheers and all the best on Elissa’s 141st!!!!
    John M. Cheramie


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