Elissa, the 19th Century Iron Barque which has been designated The Official Tall Ship of Texas, will return to its berth at the Texas Seaport Museum this week after the first phase of repairs at the dry dock at Bollinger Shipyard in Texas City; albeit with more work left to do.
“It appears that we had a lot of electrolytic corrosion occur on the hull,” said Jamie White, director of the Texas Seaport Museum, who is overseeing the project. “It’s fairly widespread on some of the original iron plating, which concerns us; so there are spots where we had to do some temporary repairs known as doublers, which is basically putting a bandage on it.” Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
White said that Elissa will return to Bollinger in the fall to complete the repairs.
Thus, it is unlikely that Elissa will be able to participate in the Harvest Moon Regatta in October. However, White was quick to discount a report that Guidry News Service heard on Tuesday, that Elissa will never sail again.
“Absolutely false,” White said. “I heard that yesterday as well and my jaw dropped. Not only did that never come from my mouth, it never even crossed my mind.”
White said Elissa will be back at her berth at Pier 21 in Galveston this week as an attraction and will be available to the public until it returns to dry dock in the fall.
Guidry News Service is the lead sponsor for the Elissa Dry Dock Campaign. For additional information or to contribute to the project visit www.galvestonhistory.org/Elissa-donate.asp or call (409) 763-1877.