1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Day Sails

Join the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) for a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure aboard the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! 2022 sees the Official Tall Ship of Texas return to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for her annual day sail series. As one of the oldest, and longest continuously sailed vessels in the world, the annual day sails keep her where she works best, with her sails down, sailing in the Gulf waters.

GHF is able to offer a limited number of ELISSA day sail spots on board as a sail trainee. As a sail trainee, participants will experience what life was like as a 19th-century sailor. The program includes both hands-on and lecture learning, focusing on setting sails and maneuvering the 144-year-old ship through the Gulf of Mexico. Come on this journey through the past and experience your own piece of history.

Sail Trainees must be:

  • Ages 10 and older. Children ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Ambulatory without aids and comfortable with outdoor exposure for up to 6 hours. Trainees with disabilities must advise prior to the sailing date.

What is included:

  • 6-hour sail aboard the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA
  • A course of instruction on how to sail a square-rigged ship
  • Lunch
  • Water and soda

Please Note:

  • Due to the historic nature of the ship, ELISSA is non-ADA accessible.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All trainees must sign a waiver of release in order to sail.
  • Smoking, vaping, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on board ELISSA.
  • Should weather force cancellation of that day's sail, we will try to honor your reservation on another day as space permits.
  • If the sail dates are canceled, GHF will hold your ticket and reschedule your RSVP on the next approved sail date.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Friday, April 5
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, April 7
  • Monday, April 8
  • Thursday, April 11
  • Friday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Sunday, April 14
  • Wednesday, April 17
  • Thursday, April 18
  • Friday, April 19
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