11 May 2018

breakfast at Miller’s . . .

. . . but still no Elissa.

Ever since our daughter took us to Galveston for the first time 20 years ago, I have wanted to go see the 1877 tall ship Elissa that berths in Galveston. She sailed cargo under the British flag and carried Texas cotton to the mills of England in the 19th century.

But either we didn’t have time to tour her or she was out at sea the various times we’ve been on the island. This time, Bill was determined that I would get to see as much of her as I want, especially since he was dragging me through a battleship, a submarine, and a destroyer escort!

But Elissa just returned from spring sea trials; she was undergoing refit, preparing for recertification. So she was closed to visitors and I still missed exploring her up close.

Bill enjoyed his breakfast of shrimp grits with smoked Gouda cheese though! Miller’s Seawall Grill is very busy serving customers even as they continue hurricane repairs to their building.

The Elissa at a tall ship event in New York


  1. Well that is a bummer! We were in Beaufort, NC once—a week away from their tall ships event. I wish I could have seen them. Beaufort is a wonderful town to visit by the way. I am glad Bill enjoyed his shrimp and grits so all was not lost! ;)

    1. The lady at he gift shop shook her head, saying “the Elissa is ALWAYS open!” — I’ve just had bad timing! Bill bought me a silver and abalone necklace, and I bought the postcard shown above. Next time I’ll be able to board the ship for sure!

      When we lived in San Diego, the tall ship Star of India was moored there; Bill thinks they were still using her for Naval officers to learn true navigation skills at sea. I never got to go onboard her either, mostly because we kept putting it off.


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