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“Amazing Old Sailing Vessel”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #5 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Spring, Texas
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing Old Sailing Vessel”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

What a great sailing vessel this is. She has just undergone a 2 year renovation of her deck and hull. And with new paint she will be fit to sail for another 50 years. The museum here is wonderful as well. The museum tells the history of Galveston and how the Elissa played an important role in Galveston's beginning. The Seaport Museum is a must when visiting the Island. Great restaurants near by and your museum ticket lets you spend as much time as you want in the museum as well as on the Ship.

Have Fun. MG

Visited June 2014
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Nice diversion and look out for the original woodwork on deck. Beware that there are some steep,intricate stairs to negotiate on board. The museum is interesting.

Visited June 2014
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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7 reviews
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“Very Educational Experience”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We really enjoyed visiting the Texas Seaport Museum and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. We were able to tour the inside of the ship and get a "feel" for what life was like on this ship many years ago.

Visited June 2014
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Groesbeck, United States
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127 reviews
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“Very Well Organized”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Outside of the heat and humidity (typical of Galveston), the tour was very well organized. The use of a mobile device was great and very easy to use, even for an 8 year old.

Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas
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417 reviews
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“Would've been better if the ship was open”
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”).

Visited September 2013
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