Your presence is requested for an evening of drinks, food and more at our exclusive Captain’s Table night. Enjoy dining with the captains of our festival Tall Ships, live music, an exciting live auction featuring original works of art from regional artists, private access onboard one of our visiting Tall Ships, open bar and much more.
Proceeds from this event go directly towards Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official Tall Ship of Texas. ELISSA will be sailing from Galveston to Pensacola and New Orleans as part of the 2018 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® as the Texas Gulf coast’s ambassador. Attire is nautical chic and your reservations also include a Saturday pass for admission to the festival and onboard the ships during the day.
Each year, Galveston Historical Foundation hosts the Plankowners’ Sailabration as a way to raise money for the operation of ELISSA. Named in 2005 by the Texas legislature as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, ELISSA is one of only three 19th-century iron square-riggers in the World that continues to sail. Built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland, the iron-hulled vessel boasts a 90-year commercial history during which she carried a variety of cargoes to ports around the world, including Galveston. A National Historic Landmark and a fully functional sailing vessel, ELISSA has achieved a special place in history by sailing in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
After being abandoned as a freighter in Piraeus Harbor, Greece, ELISSA was rescued in the 1970s by a group of preservationists who refused to let her and her rich history die. Following extensive restoration, she today is part of the museum’s permanent exhibit and one of Galveston Island’s most popular attractions.