Galveston's Historic Elissa to Get $1.4 Million in FEMA Repair Funds

Hurricane Ike can seem like a lifetime ago, but the feds are still doling out the cash to deal with the devastation along the Galveston waterfront.

Some of that devastation involved the Elissa, the historic tall ship that has long been giving island visitors a taste of Galveston's past in the age of sail.

The Elissa was rocked by Ike four years ago, as was much of The Strand and downtown, but a new, significant step on the road to recovery has been announced.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration will provide $1.4 million in repair money to the state, representing 90 percent of the cost of repair.

"The Elissa is a National Historic Landmark and should be treated as such," said FEMA Region 6 Acting Administrator Tony Robinson. "We are proud to support our state and local partners as they repair this Texas treasure and restore it to sailing condition."

The old ship, built in Scotland in 1877, needed it, FEMA says:

Wave action and storm surge generated by Hurricane Ike damaged the structural integrity of the Elissa's hull, weakening it to a point where significant rehabilitation efforts are necessary. The funding will cover the services needed for the repair work so that the vessel can continue its role as the official tall ship of Texas.

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