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Tall Ship ELISSA Seeks Restoration Support
by Lynda Guidry
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Galveston Historical Foundation is seeking support for the restoration of ELISSA, the Tall Ship for Texas, that is berthed at Galveston’s Pier 21.  Major problems were discovered earlier this year when the ship was examined in dry dock.

“These are some challenging times for Elissa,” explains Dwayne Jones, executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation. “We found some things in dry dock this year that we had not anticipated, some electrolysis that has occurred since Hurricane Ike.”

ELISSA has been an important part of
the maritime history of the world and a major factor in Galveston’s renaissance.

"Over one hundred years ago, ELISSA and her sailing sisters swam upon the Seven Seas like floating clouds of canvas,” says Jamie White, executive director of the Texas Seaport Museum.  “ELISSA is still floating into, but never out of the lives of those fortunate few who have heard the song of the sea whispered in her rigging.”

White believes that endeavors like the upcoming rehabilitation of ELISSA are guided by the spirit and have a double life. 

“Restored sailing ships are important in themselves; and in the acts of preservation and loving attention they engender in us become a sanctuary of craft and skill,” he said.  “Good stewardship of something larger than ourselves keeps us in touch with the graces of life and creates a lithesome legacy we can all be proud of. All of us are as important as every hammered rivet in ELISSA’s hull and in the end we are what truly keep her afloat – we create the lee that shelters that vital spark."

Appealing to those who love the sea in his message, White and GHF are seeking support for ELISSA.

“In the eyes of any sailor, sailing ships are beautiful, but it is the ship that lifts you upon and over every rising sea that is the most beautiful and sublime of all,” he said. “Our ELISSA is that ship…that dream…that commitment…that bond between a beloved and their beloved.”

Click Here for a color brochure highlighting Elissa's history and her present restorations needs.

$2.66 Million is Needed to Preserve a Priceless Artifact and Ensure a New Generation of Stewardship.

Guidry News Service is the lead media sponsor for the Elissa Dry Dock Campaign and is committed to reaching those who wish to participate in this historic effort as contributors and volunteers.

Corporate contributions are actively being sought for what will be a high profile endeavor in 2012.  Please contact GHF to discuss your organization's interest in being a major supporter.

Donations by individuals and small groups are greatly appreciated and encouraged.  A special text account has been established  for this purpose. 
$10 donations may be made by texting ‘Elissa’ to 50555.

Or go to Keep Elissa Sailing to learn more about how you can help.

For more information, contact Galveston Historical Foundation, 502 20th St. Galveston TX 77550, (409) 765-7834, or visit

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