USCG CertificationCargo and Misc. Goods (Subchapter I)
In 1975, a rusted iron hulk lay in the waters of Piraeus, Greece. Nearly 100 years earlier, she had sailed the world’s oceans as a proud square-rigged sailing ship. Cut down, leaking and decrepit, she waited a cable’s length from the scrap yard. Today, Elissa remains one of the
hallmarks of maritime preservation. Lovingly restored and maintained, she sails again, continuing a far longer life than most ships are ever granted. She tests her readiness annually in a series of sea trials amid the oil rigs and shrimpers off Galveston Island. Working under professional officers, her volunteer crew completes an extensive dockside-training program. As funds allow, she makes longer voyages.
Homeport: Galveston, TX
Sparred Length: 205'
Rig height: 110'
Sail Area: 12000 square feet
Program Type: Maritime History
Normal cruising waters: Coastal waters near Galveston
Season: April to November
Contact: Jamie White, Director