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F. Carrington Weems to be honored with Spirit of Elissa Award
by Lynda Guidry
Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Saturday, April 2 is sure to be an evening to relish the historic treasures maintained by Galveston Historical Foundation through the contributions of time, talent and treasure of civic leaders such as Houston businessman F. Carrington Weems and his wife, Mary Ann.


The black tie event will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing and presentation of the coveted Spirit of Elissa award to the long-time supporter of GHF and in particular, the Elissa, Texas' Official Tall Ship and her home in Galveston's harbor, the Texas Seaport Museum.


Weems, whose own personal lineage and history could fill volumes, has spent much of his time over decades helping to shepherd educational, cultural and humanitarian organizations in his native Houston.


Charting a Course for the Future of Elissa


A prolific collector of nautical artifacts, especially maps and replicas of ships, Weems was a natural to lead the formation of the Elissa Maritime Society, a unique group of Texas maritime history enthusiasts who pledge significant financial support and personal effort annually to promote GHF's programs to preserve and maintain Elissa and to share her with the public. 

In a conversation with Guidry News Service Weems expressed his faith in Galveston Historical Foundation and his pride in its example of superb leadership by national and international standards.

Weems says that he is looking forward to the evening. "I'm humbled by the attention that this has given me and I just hope that I'm worthy of it," Weems said. 
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The Spirit of ELISSA award, a porcelain casting of an original sculpture by Texas sculptor Edward Hankey, is a likeness of the ELISSA figurehead, created by the artist based on exacting measurements and photographs of the figurehead. Hankey’s sculptures appear throughout Texas - on the Texas Capitol grounds and memorial sites as well as in many schools and private collections.


ELISSA is a fully restored square-rigged, iron-hulled sailing bark, built in 1877 by master shipbuilders Alexander Hall and Company of Aberdeen, Scotland. Now a National Historic Landmark and the Official Tall Ship of Texas, ELISSA represents one of the world’s premier maritime restoration projects. ELISSA is one of only three 19th-century tall ships in the U.S. that has been restored to full sailing capacity. She is berthed at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston and is open for public tours seven days a week.


She is maintained and sailed by an all-volunteer crew. Programs include an active youth crew training group, overnight programs (popular with scout and church groups) and a Seamanship Training program for the development of volunteer crew to maintain, preserve and sail the vessel. There is no other such volunteer crew training program anywhere in the country. ELISSA’s is recognized as a national model.


Please join in this special evening of celebration and recognition.  Tickets are $150 each. Table purchases and other sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling Galveston Historical Foundation at 409-765-3407 or make reservations at: GHF Spirit of Elissa Evening 2011.   

Proceeds benefit the 1877 ELISSA. 


Guidry News Service is proud to be the Lead Sponsor of the Elissa Dry Dock Campaign which began last fall and will continue to provide updates to the media and public about the repairs that the Elissa must undergo before she can perform sea trials and re-institute the very popular day sails she is known for. Please visit Donate to Elissa Dry Dock Campaign and make a contribution today.

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