Join us at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA for tea and cookies with a touch of history and excitement. Watch the ELISSA crew maneuver the ship at the dock, setting sails and climbing in the rigging. Ongoing demonstrations will be introduced by the Captain’s wife, who will also give commentary and answer questions. Come see what life was like for a sailor on the high seas!
ABOUT THE 1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA
Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront. The 1877 ELISSA welcomes visitors at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Experience Galveston’s maritime history daily.
ABOUT DICKENS ON THE STRAND
For 48 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival has highlighted downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-a-kind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work. This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. Learn more by clicking here.
For the safety and comfort of our attendees, pets, ice chests, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways, and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden.
The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. Parking is available on many streets, lots, and parking garages within easy walking distance of the festival.
We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, we encourage you to contact us at 409-765-3424 in advance of your visit.
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Tickets for Tea with the Captain's Wife: Dickens on The Strand can be booked here.
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