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“Three in one shot”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #9 of 57 things to do in Galveston
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

There are effectively three things for the price of your ticket; two small museum exhibitions on migration to Texas in the years before WWI and on the Texas Navy of the 1830s and 1840s, plus getting on board the Elissa. The two mini-museums are definitely interesting; I'm always a sucker for the human stories one sees in a migration museum, and the Texas navy is such an obscure an interesting piece of history (for a non-Texan!). As for the Elissa, I have to admit to being a little disappointed, perhaps because I've been on, and sailed on, tall ships before. It's got a lot of functional, non-original features below deck, but in a way that's its strong point showing that it continues to be used. The fact that it's a fully-functional ship is impressive. Before getting on board you should definitely watch the 17 minute video explaining how the Elissa got to Galveston and the huge amount of work, much of it by volunteers, to get it to it's current state. All credit to those involved.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

I was amazed by the craftsmanship, the beauty and the size of this ship. In a world of high tech vessels It's a great reminder of true man made quality and man power.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

5 ships left on a "race" to Pensacola, FL after the festival. We had a wonderful time. The Galveston Historical Society put together this year's festival and we hope they do it again.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Visit the seaport museum and buy the museum, harbor cruise, and Elissa tour all in one. It's a very good value.

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

As a late-19th Century sailing ship, the "Elissa" is a nice contrast to the majority of modern museum ships one sees. One can walk her decks, admire the web of standing and running rigging, and explore a little below decks while marveling at the cramped conditions the crew must have lived in. Since it is still a functioning sea-going ship, the "Elissa" must necessarily carry modern safety gear and other equipment. But look beyond that to the echos of its earlier era. Note the glass placed in the ceiling of the main parlor to bring in light. Note how in the captain's and mates' cabins how rank had its privileges (count the number of drawers below each bunk...). Study the way the yards and their sails are attached to the mast. Ponder how the crew would have gone aloft, regardless of weather, using the ratlines; how they would had to know the function of every line that one sees coiled around the belaying pins around the masts and along the rails.
Tickets are purchased in the gift shop building. We were told that a video about the ship plays there regularly, but we didn't stay for that. Our tour of the ship was self-guided, and it was very helpful that there are many informative plaques scattered throughout the vessel.

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