Galveston is located on an island, just off the Texas coast. While there is a major freeway crossing the bay onto the island, we chose the more interesting route by taking the ferry from the Bolivar Peninsula.
The Gulf of Mexico was angry this day, with a very rough surf, and red flag warnings for all to stay out of the water.
One the ocean side of Galveston there are the typical beach town activities such as an amusement pier.
One of the fishing piers shows how rough the surf was.
A monument to the victims of the 1900 storm is on the beach.
The bay side of Galveston is all business. An off shore oil rig construction company is located on the mainland side.
The Houston Ship Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the country.
The tall ship Elissa is located in Galveston. Built in 1877 it sailed under Norwegian and Swedish flags before being located in Galveston and after extensive restoration, is used for tourist and training of young would be sailors.
Another view of Galveston Harbor.
Like Morgan City, Louisiana, Galveston has a historic offshore oil rig. Unlike Galveston, this one has much corporate sponsorship. We passed since we had seen the ‘real thing’ a couple of days earlier.
One harbor was filled with shrimp boats.
Galveston has always been a point of origination for cruise ships, as was evidenced as one was in port ready for departure.