USCG Certification

Sailing School Vessel (Subchapter R)


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.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Barque
Homeport: Galveston, TX
Sparred Length: 205'
LOA: 155'
LOD: 150'
Draft: 10'
Beam: 28'
Rig height: 110'
Freeboard: 10'
Sail Area: 12000 square feet
Tons: 411
Hull: iron


Who Sails? Middle School, High School, College
Program Type: Maritime History
Normal cruising waters: Coastal waters near Galveston
Season: April to November
Built: 1877
Crew: 40
Contact: Mark Scibinico Port Captain/Director
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