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“Would've been better if the ship was open”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #7 of 108 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was in the process of being refurbished. The museum was open, but running at half-price because the main attraction wasn’t currently available. The most destructive storm to roll into Galveston since 1900 was Hurricane Ike, with a tidal surge of 22 feet, and winds of 110 mph. While the museum was severely damaged and subsequently repaired, the damage to the hull of Elissa remained undetected until 2011. The were seriously rotted, so a restoration project began to save it. We couldn’t go on the boat, but were still able to take pictures of it sitting in the dock.

In addition to information about the damage and restoration, the Texas Seaport Museum showed the history of the shrimping industry of the area. It also had a section on the waves of immigration (mostly Germans) that came through here, as Galveston was known for a period as “South Ellis Island”).

Thank Dave M
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We dislike audio handsets and did not pick one up even though it was included in the ticket cost. As wooden boat lovers, we will kick the rigging on any tall ship even the ones with iron hulls. The "Elissa" was fun to walk through even in the heat and humidity. The AC in the building came as a welcome relief and the short movie made for a pleasant respite before heading back outside. For this reason alone, we suggest viewing the ship first.

Thank MikeandJoan
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Really fun tour. I have little ones and they enjoyed the ship. The audio was the best part. Still a beautiful ship after all these years

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This tour takes about an hour and involves standing at different stations around the ship Elissa, I found the tour very interesting and informative. The stories of the captain and crew made it easy to imagine what it was like to sail on the ship

2  Thank Stuart G
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Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour of the ship. Be sure and get the audio handset included with the entrance fee. It gives you so much more information and history than just the displays on the ship. Read the displays too though because a lot of the displays tell things that the audio tour doesn't.

The museum is small but interesting (and included in the reasonable cost), and if your ancestors entered the US via Galveston, you can do a computer search of the records if all those who entered here.

1  Thank Diane4Pat
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