June 22nd: FREE Movie Shown on the Sails of Elissa, “Finest Hour”

June 22nd, July 13th, 27th, August 10th, 24th (9am) – Marine Biology Tour provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to observe dolphins and other species in their natural habitat, trawl for and handle marine organisms, study plankton through a microscopic lens, and explore Galveston Bay’s rich history. This unique experience takes place on board the SEAGULL II, a 50’ catamaran which docks at the Texas Seaport Museum, and is led by a marine biologist. Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum is home to the 1877 ELISSA and also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Tickets are $20.

June 22nd (7:30-10pm): Main Sail Movie Night presents “Finest Hour” – Join GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum for its next Main Sail Movie Night as “The Finest Hours” is projected on one of the ship’s sails on the pier at Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 22 and Haborside. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, beverages (BYOB), snacks, and blankets. Popcorn will be available for purchase dockside. In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. This is FREE to attend and will be held at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at the Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside Sr., Tyler.

Sail Training On Board the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum is seeking hardy volunteers to learn the ropes on board the 1877 iron barque ELISSA and help maintain this National Historic Landmark tall ship.

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! Don’t think you are a climber? No problem, we have needs for people of all abilities.  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.

If you have longed to hoist a sail on a historic tall ship, now is your chance. Join for an introductory meeting for potential crew members scheduled for 2pm on Saturday July 27th at the Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston’s Pier 21, Harborside Drive between 21st and 22nd streets.

Those who participate in the Seamanship Training Program 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. These tasks require skill and bravery, as the ship’s main mast towers 99 feet above deck. After completing the classes, which take place on designated Saturdays, and contributing the required hours of work on the ship’s upkeep, participants are eligible to take ELISSA to sea. The 2019/2020 schedule of classes is every two weeks and goes from July 27th-March 21st, 2020.

Summer Camps

Guests to Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum could find themselves with even more to experience this summer. As part of their “Summer at the Seaport” series, Texas Seaport Museum will be offering specially created classes from June 8th through August 3rd. These classes begin at 10:30am and are located at Pier 22 and Harborside in Galveston. Classes are free with general admission.

The courses will give youth participants a hands-on opportunity to interact with the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official Tall Ship of Texas while learning various aspects of seamanship and preservation of the historic vessel. Admission is free with paid general admission to the Texas Seaport Museum. Advance registrations is required. For more info, call (409)765-3432 or email Classes are:

  • June 8th: Sailor’s Knots – Figure 8 Bracelets (30 min) –Come try your hand at some fancy work! This class will focus on the more decorative knots you see aboard ELISSA. Participants will tie their own Figure 8 bracelet to take home.
  • June 15th: Set a Sail (Max 15, 45 min) –Ever wonder what life was like for a sailor in the 19th century? Join Texas Seaport Museum’s volunteer crew in setting a sail at dock on the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! Participants will learn the language of seafaring, how to work together as a group and what it took to make it out on the high seas!
  • June 22nd: Meal Time on the Main (30 min) – Come join our crew as we experience food on the high seas. This program will discuss the various cooking methods while at sea, as well as include a hard tack cooking class! Challenge! Who can make the best tasting ship’s biscuits?
  • June 29th: Flag Etiquette (30 min) –Step into a world of maritime language! Learn how ships used to communicate with each other using only color and lines. Then create your own flag which we will fly at ELISSA’s mast.
  • July 6th: Sing like a sailor! (30 min) –Working as a team and pulling lines together was an important part of being a 19th century sailor and music kept the beat! As a group, we’ll learn some traditional sea shanties and how they were used aboard ships throughout the ages.
  • July 13th: “Around Cape Horn” Irving Johnson (40 min) –Join us at the Texas Seaport Museum for a special viewing of the famous film “Around Cape Horn,” a simple but brilliant production of Irving Johnson’s time aboard the PEKING in 1929. During his voyage on the big German windjammer, Johnson compiled unequaled footage of the crew’s daily activities, and spectacular images of a wild storm as the ship made the dangerous passage around.
  • July 20th: Set a Sail (Max 15, 45 min) –Ever wonder what life was like for a sailor in the 19th century? Join Texas Seaport Museum’s volunteer crew in setting a sail at dock on the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! Participants will learn the language of seafaring, how to work together as a group and what it took to make it out on the high seas!
  • July 27th: Let’s Talk Trash (1hr) – As a member of the ocean sailing community, ELISSA and her crew are supporters of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s PLASTIC PLEDGE! This program will briefly discuss marine debris and how you can help save our oceans from more pollution. We will be making reusable recycled T-shirt Bags for you to take home. Please bring an old adult sized T-shirt. Take the pledge!
  • August 3rd: Dolphin Discovery (1hr) –Join us at the Texas Seaport Museum as we learn about our local marine mammal…the bottle-nosed dolphin! Our Marine Biologist will discuss the anatomy, behaviors, and lifestyles of our local dolphin pods through interactive games and crafts. For an added experience, take our 11:30 am dolphin tour aboard the SEAGULL II, a 1 hour historic and dolphin friendly tour. (Tickets must be purchased separately; $10 for adults, $8 for youths and 5 and under are free. Tour is subject to weather.)

Bishop’s Palace Tours

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway at Ave. J.

Available Daily (11am-5pm): Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11.

June 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 13th, 20th, 27th (11am-12:30pm): Basement to Attic Tour – Offering participants a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that are typically off-limits, the Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tour features Mrs. Gresham’s studio. An exclusive third-floor view provides a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.

September 13th (8pm): Full Moon Tours – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light, the moonlight, on their upcoming Full Moon Tour. This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight.

June 9th (2pm): Victorian Tea at the Bishop’s Palace – Enjoy a special guided tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace complete with a specialty tea and light snacks. Tickets are $30.



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