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. The new book by Kurt Voss, Galveston’s The Elissa: The Tall Ship of Texas in the popular Images of America series, examines this unique history in over 200 vintage images.
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.
All author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Galveston Historical Foundation for the continued preservation of the Elissa.
Highlights of Galveston’s The Elissa: The Tall Ship of Texas:
• Includes the ship’s last commercial work, smuggling cigarettes from Yugoslavia to Italy
• Features the Elissa’s original owner, Henry Fowler Watt, on the ship’s last voyage under his ownership, when he accused his mate of mutiny and shot him
• Explains the Elissa’s trips around Cape Horn (at least twice), widely considered to be the worst sea conditions in the world
• Shows how the Elissa is still kept in sailing condition and ventures into the Gulf of Mexico for annual sea trials
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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