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”).
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