You can probably guess that the City of Galveston grew out of its natural harbor which once served tall ships and schooners and now serves huge container vessels and cruise ships. You can learn more about Galveston’s historic port and tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA on your next visit to Galveston.
The ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. And, this ship is not a replica; it’s been painstakingly restored by the Galveston Historical Foundation… twice. She was originally restored in the late 1970s and was most recently restored in 2014. ELISSA is one of only three ships of her type that still actively sail in the world.
If you enjoy history and ships, you definitely don’t want to miss these five things while touring the ELISSA:
1. Make sure to pick up an audio guide. It’s more in depth tour than just touring on your own.
a. Side note: I had done the tour many times and found the audio tour helps to bring the ELISSA and lives of sailors to life. There’s a little “mutiny” that was pretty fascinating.
2. Take a spin of the Captain’s Steering Wheel. Perfect spot for a selfie.
3. Go below deck, you can feel the ship sway if the harbor is choppy. It makes you feel like you are at sea.
4. Stop by on Saturdays and Tuesdays and see the volunteer crew at work. They LOVE the ELISSA and really take pride in her.
5. Check out the exhibits below deck, telling the story of ELISSA.
Remember, the Texas Seaport Museum also offer Galveston Harbor Tours aboard the Seagull II. This is a separate ticket. By the way, there is always a good likelihood that you’ll see dolphins. Yes, dolphins. Purchase your tickets online or at the Museum.
Book your room at one of these Galveston hotels and plan your next vacation on the Texas Gulf Coast.
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.