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1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Texas 77550 USA

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“Launched in October 1877”

Elissa is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area. Tall ships are classified by the configuration of their sailing rig. In Elissa’s case, she is a ‘barque’ because she carries square and fore-and-aft sails on her fore and mainmasts, but only fore-and-aft sails on her mizzenmast. From her stern to the tip of her jibboom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast. But, she is much more than iron, wood and canvas…

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Garrett Hong

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September 30, 2019
Rated 4.0

Was fun to tour the old ship all volunteers repair and restore grateful to also view museum and history.

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April 10, 2017
Rated 5.0

Very nice attraction and part of history. Didn't want to spend the money ($18 per person) for a tour but still got to see the ship up close.

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1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Pier 21, Number 8
Galveston, Texas
77550 USA
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