The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is the main attraction at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston. This three masted barque is a spectacular ship that was originally built in Aberdeen, Scotland to serve as a merchant vessel. Through a long and storied career it saw service for Norway, Sweden, Finland and Greece. It was saved from wreckage when it was purchased and restored by the Galveston Historical Foundation in the late 1970's. Having been fully repaired and restored the ELISSA is sea worthy and has been sailed a number of times in recent years. Normally it is moored in Galveston where it can be visited by the public.
Things to Do
- The ELISSA is an impressive ship to board and explore. With a length of 205 feet and a height of 100 feet she is a mighty artifact of a time long gone. With a visit here you are free to walk her decks and get a sense of what life was like for sailors navigating the open seas in the late 1800's.
- There is a seventeen minute movie entitled "Passage to Galveston: The Story of ELISSA" which is shown every hour and thirty minutes at the site. It tells in detail the fascinating story of how the ELISSA was discovered, bought and restored to its former glory.
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Insider Tips
- All children under five years of age can enter for free.
- The Texas Seaport Museum is located quite near to Pier 21, an area with plenty of options for dining and entertainment which you can enjoy after your visit.