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Deep Water Jubilee : History on Tap w/ ELISSA & EL GALEON
Sat, April 8, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Join visiting Tall Ship EL GALEON at our Texas Seaport Museum for a special night of craft beer and history. Alongside our 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, guests will receive 2 complimentary beers and access to both ships for this special happy hour. The event also celebrates Galveston's Deep Water Jubilee with special classes on how to make your own mini-gabions (cages woven out of wicker, filled with sand and capped with cement). These gabions were instrumental in the creation of the jetties prior to the deepening of the harbor in 1890.
About EL GALEON
Step back in time aboard El Galeon, the breathtaking 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon. Spanish Galleons, used primarily for their cargo transporting abilities, were frequently bought and sold by Spanish and English governments during the 1600s, and often taken over and converted into Pirate ships in the rough Carribean sea waters.
In 2006, The Nao Victoria Fundacion undertook a special project to reconstruct, to scale, a 16th Century Spanish Galleon.The crew of El Galeon, still living aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves tours to those interested in feeling under their feet the awe of a 170 foot sailing vessel once used in the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas.
About the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Named in 2005 by the Texas legislature as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, ELISSA is one of only three 19th-century iron square-riggers in the World that continues to sail. Built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland, the iron-hulled vessel boasts a 90-year commercial history during which she carried a variety of cargoes to ports around the world, including Galveston. A National Historic Landmark and a fully functional sailing vessel, ELISSA has achieved a special place in history by sailing in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
After being abandoned as a freighter in Piraeus Harbor, Greece, ELISSA was rescued in the 1970s by a group of preservationists who refused to let her and her rich history die. Following extensive restoration, she today is part of the museum’s permanent exhibit and one of Galveston Island’s most popular attractions. Measuring 205 feet in length with a height of 99 feet and nine inches at the main mast, she carries 19 sails that cover more than a quarter of an acre in surface area. When not sailing, ELISSA is open for daily tours at the Texas Seaport Museum, located at Pier 22, just off Harborside Drive in downtown Galveston.