Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tall Ship Elissa

After NASA the girls headed to the Tall Ship Elissa in Galveston. They had a very hands-on experience that included taking turns for an hour (Ian drew the highly coveted 11-midnight slot) each to keep watch during the night and sleep below the deck (cold weather kept them from sleeping on deck). The Elissa is more than an artifact from a bygone era. She is a fully-functional vessel that continues to sail annually during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to the Galveston Historical Foundation and its commitment to bring history to life, combined with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who keep her seaworthy and train each year to sail her, Elissa and the art of 19th Century square-rigged sailing are alive and well. Elissa's wake is 123 years and counting!

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