Galveston's Tall Ship Elissa - June 1st, 2009

Visit the Elissa at 22nd St. & Harborside Dr.

Elissa is an 1877 Iron Barque (riveted iron hull)

She was rescued from a Greek scrapyard in 1968

Come onboard and overlook the galley & bow

Look back toward the stern and entry gangplank

Texas Seaport Museum is still under repair since Ike

Entry to the forecastle above stowed flammables

Eight able bodied seamen slept in the forecastle

Wood burning iron stove in the Galley

Donkey room (& engine) in the back of the galley

Black capstan helps pull heavy lines for the sails
White box provides light & venting for the aft hold

The charthouse (installed 1986) holds electronic navigation and communication equipment

The ships wheel is at the stern above the rudder

Steering gear housed in the wheel box

The binnacle houses the compass & navigation oil lamps.   The captain's companionway is the large box, allowing one at a time access to his cabin

Portside view, stern to bow. The skylight (between companionway & charthouse) allowed light & fresh air to the officer's quarters below

Same view, better lighting, plus the binnacle

Center main sail fife rail & pumps pump out the bilge

Look up at the main sail and its five yards (horizontal spars) that support the square sails

Descend down the main hatch beyond the main sail

World map detailing Elissa's voyages

Depart the aft hold & head towards the stern

The sail locker now berths engineers while at sea

Pass the mizzen mast toward the mate's cabins

2nd mate's cabin has only one porthole

The captain entertained guests & conducted ship business in the saloon

The spare cabin allowed a contractor a place to stay while traveling with their goods

Tall shot to capture the storage underneath the bed

The captain's cabin is the largest & contains a bed for two (for when the 1st mate tags along)

Captain's Companionway conserves space and deters mutiny (one at a time access)

Back up top and head towards the exit gangplank

Back onshore and a view of rowboats & gangplank

Stern shot from the closed Texas Seaport Museum

Better stern shot from Fisherman's Wharf

It is impossible to get a entire ship photograph . . .

. . . from either dock or Texas Seaport Museum

Seabirds rest and wait for the cruiseboat

Almost capture the entire ship on this photo

Depart the Elissa, see marker text below

The Elissa weathered Hurricane Ike well but the Texas Seaport Museum was flooded with six plus feet of water

Texas Historical Marker: Battle of Galveston, Located at: Pier 22, Erected: 1998
As part of the Union blockade of the Texas coast, Commander W. B. Renshaw led his small fleet into Galveston harbor to demand the surrender of this most important Texas port on October 4, 1862. Largely unguarded, as it was considered indefensible, the city surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Major General J. B. Magruder was placed in charge of the Confederate forces in Texas after the loss of Galveston. He quickly organized a plan for the island's recapture. Improvising a navy, he refitted two steamers as gunboats by lining their hulls with cotton and manning them with cavalry. Foot soldiers were sent into Galveston in the darkness of early morning on January 1, 1863. Though the ground forces failed to seize the wharf, they engaged some of the Union ships as the makeshift Confederate fleet surprised the Union navy from behind. The rebel ship "Neptune" was sunk in shallow water. The Federal "Harriet Lane" was boarded by the steamer "Bayou City." Renshaw's flagship, the "Westfield," was destroyed in an explosion that killed the commander & several crewmen. Remaining Union ships fled Galveston Bay despite demands for surrender. Galveston remained under Confederate control for the duration of the war.