Pelican Island Bay Galveston

Pelican Island Bay Galveston is a great little fishing area. However, it is so much more than that. The Island itself has a rich and historical past. Pelican Spit was merged with Pelican Island to form what visitors see today. This was the location of Fort Jackson and a famous battle during the Civil War. Today it houses Texas A&M @ Galveston, Seawolf Park and a USCG facility. For the most part it has remained a Pelican and Bird unofficial habitat. This island has also been a unregulated portPelican Island of entry for many immigrants beginning in the 1830s, leading to several outbreaks of yellow fever. The young city instituted quarantine measures in 1839 and the site officially become a quarantine facility. The quarantine facility was destroyed in hurricanes and rebuilt many times. It remained a quarantine facility off and on until the 1950s.

As you come near Pelican Island Bay area you will see the SS Selma partially submerged near Seawolf Park. Steel shortages during World War I led the U.S to build experimental c\oncrete ships, the largest of which was the SS Selma. It has long been the object of failed plans to convert it into an oyster farm, fishing pier, Pelican Island Ipleasure resort and more. Scientists still continue to study the ship because of its unique concrete construction.

Also, 150 years ago next month the Battle of Galveston took place in the bay area there, as well as, the entire island. By the end of the battle, 26 Confederates had been killed and 117 wounded. About twice that many U.S. Federal forces died in the conflict. The Union's showcase vessel and nearly 400 men were captured. More importantly for the Texans, however, was that their victory restored control of Galveston to the Confederacy, where it would remain for the balance of the war. Next time you take a trip to Galveston, do not forget to make a stop at this fascinating little piece of Southeast Texas history. It will make a great side excursions to your day.