Patrick Osborn

Learn to Sail the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa

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Galveston Island, Texas –  A tour of the Tall Ship ELISSA in Galveston is a real treat.   But picture yourself as a part of the crew.  Climbing aloft in the rigging and setting a sail as you head out into the bay.  Jamie White, director of the Elissa and the Texas Seaport Museum, says it can happen, if you are willing to invest the time and effort into training.

The Galveston Historical Foundation is looking for volunteers who want to learn the ropes and help maintain the National Historic Landmark tall ship.  Individuals interested in learning more are invited to an introductory meeting at 1 pm on Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston’s Pier 21.

“Sail training on ELISSA gives the participants the once in a lifetime chance to sail onboard an historic sailing ship from 1877 and literally, sail history,” says Jamie White, Director of the Texas Seaport Museum. “ELISSA’s sail training is an adventure activity for people of all ages and abilities. Young and older folks alike can find camaraderie and a rewarding experience either in ELISSA’s rigging or on her decks.”

Those who participate will have the opportunity to learn ancient skills and techniques on maintaining a square-rigged sailing ship. Volunteers may learn to climb ELISSA’s rigging to set and furl sails and maintain the intricate machinery of wood, wire and rope. After completing the classes, and contributing the required hours of work on the ship’s upkeep, participants are eligible to take ELISSA to sea.

ELISSA was originally a 19th century British cargo ship and twice loaded cotton at Galveston. Today, ELISSA is one of only three pre-20th century sailing vessels in the world that have been restored to full sailing capacity. The 2014-2015 schedule is:


July 26
August 9
August 23
September 6
September 20
October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
November 29
December 6
December 20


January 3
January 10
January 24
February 7
February 21
March 7
March 21
April 4


For more information on joining the volunteer crew of ELISSA, visit or call 409-763-1877.


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