We took the ferry back to Galveston today, this is the first visit back to Galveston since moving to the Bolivar Peninsula. We visited Pier 21 and had the special brunch at the Olympia Grill. I had spinach quiche with roasted potatoes and berries and Jerry had the special breakfast brunch with bacon, eggs and pancakes. Everything was awesome. We had our lunch outside and enjoyed watching all the boats go by.
After lunch we walked next door to view the Elissa. The Texas Seaport Museum is the home of this celebrated 1877 tall ship. You can take a tour and explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark. Elissa has also been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Elissa is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area. Tall ships are classified by the configuration of their sailing rig. In ELISSA's case, she is a "barque" because she carries square and fore-and-aft sails on her fore and mainmasts, but only fore-and-aft sails on her mizzenmast. From her stern to the tip of her jibboom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast.
We also saw a couple of cruise ships, one of them left port the same time as our ferry, she passed us with hundreds of people waving. When we got back to Bolivar Peninsula we also drove the car down Crystal Beach. I will do an update on that beautiful area later. Another great day in Texas, check back later for more.