Galveston's the Elissa: The Tall Ship of Texas

Overview


For nearly three decades, the 1877 sailing ship Elissa has been widely recognized as one of the finest maritime preservation projects in the world. Unlike some tall ships of today, the Elissa is not a replica but a survivor. Over her century-long commercial history, she carried cargoes to ports around the world for a succession of owners. Her working life as a freighter came to an end in Piraeus, Greece, where she was rescued from the salvage yard by a variety of ship preservationists who refused to let her die....
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Overview


For nearly three decades, the 1877 sailing ship Elissa has been widely recognized as one of the finest maritime preservation projects in the world. Unlike some tall ships of today, the Elissa is not a replica but a survivor. Over her century-long commercial history, she carried cargoes to ports around the world for a succession of owners. Her working life as a freighter came to an end in Piraeus, Greece, where she was rescued from the salvage yard by a variety of ship preservationists who refused to let her die. The story of Elissa's discovery and restoration by the Galveston Historical Foundation is nothing short of miraculous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738578552
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/4/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,394,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Kurt Voss has been associated with the Elissa since 1980, first as a volunteer foreman during the ship's restoration and then as director of the Texas Seaport Museum from 1994 to 2007. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping to establish the Elissa volunteer program, considered by many to be one of the best in the country. His history with the vessel provided access to photographs from a number of collections, and many of the images have never been published. His sources include the Galveston Historical Foundation archives, descendants of the ship's former owners and captains, and individuals associated with the ship from her restoration to the present.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 "An Arab Steed in a String of Cart Horses" 11

2 The Slow Decline 23

3 "Things the World Cannot Afford to Lose" 35

4 "Queen City of the Gulf" 43

5 A Tall Ship for Texas 49

6 The Elissa Sails! 83

7 Keeping the Dream Alive 107

Glossary 125

Particulars of the 1877 Barque Elissa 126

About the Organization 127

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