The tall ship Elissa is a three-masted barque. She is based in Galveston, Texas, and is one of the oldest ships sailing today. Launched in 1877, she is now a museum ship at the Texas Seaport Museum. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
Elissa was built in Aberdeen, Scotland as a merchant vessel in a time when steamships were overtaking sailing ships. She was launched on October 27, 1877. The vessel was named for the niece of Henry Fowler Watt, Elissa's first owner, though according to his descendants the ship was named for the Queen of Carthage, Elissa (more commonly called Dido), Aeneas' tragic lover in the epic poem The Aeneid.
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Kendra Frazier | Mar 19, 2018
Beautiful ship. It was fun walking around and inside the ship- very cool part of history. Bundle your visit to save some money and take the harbor tour they offer- we saw dolphins! The boat guides were fun and shared a lot of great, interesting information about the harbor. I was nervous about getting seasick but I was fine. Parking at the Pier was not free.
Cyndi Lidington | Mar 3, 2018
What a treasure of history. The ship is amazing to see and understand that everything is handmade. Makes you really appreciate how hard it was to travel I those days. A must see.
Lori Persyn | Apr 3, 2018
This ship is in Harbor most of the time. Spectacular to see at port or when taken sale. April 5th through 8th tall ship exhibition. Three ports of call in in the Gulf of Mexico. First time at Galveston. A must-see. These ships are from the mid 1800s, Google Tall Ships Galveston...
Airborne AndRowdy | Jan 31, 2018
Fun little tour. Staff is very knowledgeable, and friendly. Even small children can find some educational fun.
Julie Wagner Hauk | Dec 18, 2017
Chose this place for my wedding venue: it was gorgeous and unforgettable. The museum is well done, the ship itself in great shape. It is a must-see for history buffs and nautical lovers stopping over in Galveston.
Jason Lindsey | Jun 10, 2018
Our trip here with two kids ages 6 and 3 was great. Get the all inclusive package that lets you see the museum (with dress up clothes for pictures), walk around the Elissa, as well as a boat ride harbor tour (we saw many dolphins). Harbor tour guide is great and a lot of fun. Yes the boat is covered and you can get out of the sun as well as go on the top deck for a better view.
Tina Simmons | Apr 16, 2018
I have been here several times and I typically bring new people here as often as I can. It's amazing to be able to see such a beautiful piece of history in action. The museum is very informative and interesting and I absolutely love how family friendly and educational everything is without being boring. The crew and museum/gift shop staff have always been very friendly. Great place for family outings and field trips!
ustwohatches | Jun 1, 2018
It was a really cool restoration to see! I liked watching the movie inside which told all about the restoration of Elissa. The ship was so fun to walk through though it was rediculously hot that day and so it was almost unbearable to go below deck to see the living quarters and all that so I would recommend going when its not above 85 degrees. I took a star off because I thought it was a bit overpriced. We saw the ship and all the inside museum things in about an hour
Richard Cusick | Apr 18, 2018
It is rare to find a working piece of history. We loved seeing a ship from the end of the big sail era. The accompanying museum held to place such boats within the context of Texas history. There are soft drinks and candy available in the gift shop if your children get hungry. The gift store also carries a wide variety of books on sailing and the sea.
Mary Tadeo | Jul 16, 2018
My husband and I totally enjoyed the Elissa! Walking on deck made us appreciate her beauty and richness of her history. Definitely recommend purchasing the totally package that we took. The pass to the museum then walk through the Elissa and end with the boat tour. Best time ever! We'll definitely be back!!!!
James Beach | Jul 12, 2018
Small but very interesting and informative. I would recommend it. Of course the best part was getting to go aboard the sailing ship itself. It was awesome!
Tracy Hubbard | Jun 27, 2018
I went to watch the Elissa lead the Tall Ship Parade. What a majestic sight to see! Although she was small, in comparison, she sailed proud and beautifully. It was so windy that day! Great job!
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