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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

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Address: Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
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+1 409-763-1877

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If you love old boats, you'll love this

You don't see boats like this often. They take great pride in their ship and its fun to learn about how life on this ship was.

Reviewed 11 June 2016
San Antonio

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San Antonio
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

You don't see boats like this often. They take great pride in their ship and its fun to learn about how life on this ship was.

Thank 86christinh
McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

The three masted sailing ship ELISSA was built in Scotland in 1877 and sailed the seas for years as a cargo ship. It was restored and has been at anchor in Galveston for years. The ELISSA participated in the "Parade of Tall Ships" in 1986. This is a great tour and a small piece of nautical history.

Thank DDay1959
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Great museum with indoor and outdoor areas. Staff and volunteers are very friendly and full of knowledge

Thank Obed G
Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

The Elissa is a fully restored and operation sailing vessel which actually visited Galveston as a merchant ship in her heyday.

Thank Father_Stephen
Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

With it's $2M renovation, this ship is beautiful There may not be much truly original left but it was very interesting and the audio tour was very informative. You are able to access all parts of the ship. It is always amazing to me that a full crew would be on ships that size in the middle of the ocean... More 

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Richmond, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

This tour can be as short or as long as you want. It is a floating museum of the history of the ship. Nothing else is too major with the ship. Was purchased with the museum and harbor tour.

1 Thank doc10261881
Temple, Texas
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

My family (elementary/middle school kids) enjoyed this. A great way to see history come alive! You get to walk through the bottom of the ship as well as the deck.

Thank Ellen R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The Tall Ship ELISSA itself was just amazing to see. The ship is very unique in that it is an iron/steel sailing ship, and during its long lifetime, it had an engine added as well (although that has all been removed now). Any visit to the Seaport Museum should absolutely include plenty of time to see this ship.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I both thought this ship was beautiful. They were working on the ship when we went, but it was still a wonderful experience. It's really cool to know that they still sail it every now and then. It's definitely worth the time.

Thank Kaela B
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

It was a good trip. They where working on it when we where there but it was still fun. We went through the museum area and the workers where nice.

Thank Monica R

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