The Governor Stone

National Historic Landmark

The Governor Stone is a gaff-rigged, two-masted schooner built in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 1877. She is usually docked here in St. Andrews, and available for tours; however Hurricane Michael breezed through town on Oct. 10, 2018 and roughed up the Governor Stone pretty badly. She is currently undergoing some R&R (repair and restoration) and looking forward to returning to her slip at the St. Andrews Marina as soon as possible. The Governor Stone is a National Historic Landmark Vessel. It has been devoted to educational programming and historic and cultural tourism. The Governor Stone embodies maritime heritage as a moving museum and a reminder of the slower-paced past and the 140+ year old labor-intensive traditions of the Gulf Coast. Restored several times and repaired constantly, as befits a wooden seagoing vessel, the Governor Stone was in beautiful shape before Hurricane Michael became the second hurricane to sink it in its lifetime. Now we need your help to bring it back to life once again. Please visit the Governor Stone website and donate today to help restore our beloved St. Andrews schooner.

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Everyone's favorite t-shirt design is now available in LONG SLEEVES. 

Choose from Medium, Large & Extra Large in the Governor Stone's Ship Store.  https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsoftheGovernorStone/default/category.php?ref=2104.0.46521364
Give a Gift of Membership to the Friends of the Governor Stone during the month of December and a *Life Ring ornament will be shipped to the recipient with their notification.
Along with the usual membership letter, a note telling the receiver that you have donated to the historic schooner Governor Stone in their name and the Life ring ornament has been sent to them to proudly display.
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* Life Ring ornaments and other gifts are available in the ship’s store on our website at: GovernorStone.org https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsoftheGovernorStone/default/index.php
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Artist, Jody Wood-Putnam has captured, in watercolors, a poignant moment in time of the Governor Stone moored on still waters as the Apalachicola bridge stands gracefully behind her. 
These prints are on matte paper with true archival pigment ink (giclée) specifically designed to be resistant to weathering and fading.
An alluring addition for your home or the tall ship lover in your family.   Two sizes to choose from.
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Handcrafted Handcrafted Enamel Pin - Silver 
Designed and lovingly created by local Apalachicola artist & lifetime FOGS member Kristen Anderson. 
Made from Sterling Silver, Hallmarked 925 & signed the artist 
1.25" x 0.75
https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsoftheGovernorStone/default/category.php?ref=2104.0.41094476  Handcrafted Enamel Pin - Silver Sails 
Designed and lovingly created by local Apalachicola artist & lifetime FOGS member Kristen Anderson. 
Made from Sterling Silver, Hallmarked 925 & signed the artist
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Handcrafted Wooden Plaque - Light Wood
This unique wood carving has the image of the Governor Stone with historical information carved into the back.
Each plaque comes in its own detailed laser-cut presentation box.  Designed & created by FOGS member George Scholl.
Wood grain & coloring may vary slightly from photo.  4.75" x 3.58"
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Handcrafted Wooden Plaque - Dark Wood  
This unique wood carving has the image of the Governor Stone with historical information carved into the back.
Each plaque comes in its own detailed laser-cut presentation box.  Designed & created by FOGS member George Scholl.
Wood grain & coloring may vary slightly from photo.  4.75" x 3.58"
When you're shopping for gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, use this link (smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3007321)
or, simply activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon shopping app and select Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc, as your charitable donation. We have nearly reached the goal of 150,000 dollars to rebuild our vessel, but to complete this final stretch we need your help. AmazonSmile will donate to the Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc, at no cost to you. 
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We are currently 19,182 dollars away from our goal and we couldn't have done it without you guys. Thank you for your continued support.
Signed Giclée Prints are Available now in our ship store at  https://app.etapestry.com/cart/FriendsoftheGovernorStone/default/category.php?ref=2104.0.41028812 
     Artist, Jody Wood-Putnam has captured, in watercolors, a poignant moment in time of the Governor Stone moored on still waters as the Apalachicola bridge stands gracefully behind her. 
    These prints are on matte paper with true archival pigment ink (giclée) specifically designed to be resistant to weathering and fading.  An alluring addition for your home or the tall ship lover in your family. 
    Let's all thank, Jody for sharing her outstanding talent with us.
“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” –Wanda Sykes

photo; The Governor Stone 2014
A WOODEN SHIP 
A Wooden Ship that creaks and moans
Strained by the wind and sea,
Is a vehicle for those who roam
The pages of history.
Time decays the human form
But ships, they age with grace.
Peeling paint and a sail torn
Are like an old man’s weathered face.
Schooning over endless swells,
Distance marked on the chart,
A dreamer hears the ocean in a shell,
A sailor, in his heart.
~Peggy McCormick

photo credit:  K M Clark Photography 2016
Would you like an Adventure now, or shall we have tea first?       ~Peter Pan

photo: The Governor Stone
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” 
–Simon Sinek

photo: John Curry and Capt. Bill Hamilton at the Helm of the Governor Stone 2014
New member t-shirts ready to be mailed out.  This is the last week to join the Friends of the Governor Stone at $50 level or higher to receive a free t-shirt.  Go to GovernorStone.org to sign up today.
Happy Birthday to the Governor Stone.  She received her first documentation October 18, 1877.
Heave ho! We've almost reached our goal!  

Let's all pull together one more time to meet FEMA's 10% matching funds so we can tell them we're ready to start rebuilding  the Governor Stone!

Become a FOGS member, renew your membership, make a donation, or stock up on Governor Stone treasures from the Ship's Store.  www.GovernorStone.org
♪♫ Way, hey, up she rises...♪♫ The Governor Stone. 
Can you send just $3.00 for each hoop you see? 
Please mark your donation “Hoops”.
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     Friends of the Governor Stone had a board meeting last night. We are extraordinarily close to the financial goal that will allow us to begin excepting bids for the rebuilding of the vessel.             Here is an easy way to help us get there when you are shopping through Amazon anyway;      
Choose us as your charity at checkout, AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. 
 Please remember us, any day of the year when shopping at smile.amazon.com, however, you can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. 
 And thank you for supporting Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.
Broadwinder ordered all sail on the Eagle, emphasis on the word "all". Under the spell of the action he stirred, Broadwinder cried, "And stretch the leg that stands to port, lads, for she's going to heel on the wind!" In quick time sails cascaded white in the sunlight and booms swung and sheets and halyards flew white hot from the pins as kites caught a wind and bellied like quartered balloons high above decks. [ The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea ]

photo:  Governor Stone 2014
“Neither had any desire for talk; the glow and glory of existing on this perfect morning were satisfaction full and sufficient” 
― Kenneth Grahame, (The Wind in the Willows)
Photo; by Jeffery B. Adams  The Governor Stone in her slip St. Andrews 2015
AHOY❗️    ⚓Want a FREE Governor Stone T-shirt?⚓  
Here is how:     
➡✅Join Friends of the Governor Stone at the $50 or above Membership level and get a FREE T-shirt❗️    That’s it ‼️ ⏎ 
➡✅Renewing members that move up one level will also get a FREE T-shirt. ⊰⛵ Here is where: ⤵️⤵️   https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FriendsoftheGovernorStone/Membership.html   ⚓ Please put your size request in the comments section of the form. 💠Offer good between now and Oct 31st.
"If you don't ask, people can't say "Yes."" -Dewey Andrews                ⊰⛵ Here are some ideas of how you can help with the restoration of the GOVERNOR STONE. 
⚓ Become a member of Friends of the GOVERNOR STONE.
⚓ If already a member, rise to the next membership level.
⚓ Give a gift of membership to someone.
⚓ When shopping Amazon, please use the Amazon Smile feature, and have the GOVERNOR STONE selected as your charity.
⚓ If you own a business, please donate a % of sales toward the restoration.
⚓ Volunteer! Help in scheduled fundraisers or grant writing.
⚓ Donate items that can be offered at fundraisers.    
⚓ Choose gifts from our Ship's store. at GovernorStone.org.
⚓ Contact us with fundraising ideas.  
⊰⛵ Our mailing address is: 
Friends of the GOVERNOR STONE 
PO Box 15968 
Panama City, FL 32405 
 We are a 501c3 all volunteer organization.
⊰⛵Please share this post and keep the GOVERNOR STONE active in your social media and conversations.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

photo: A Sea gull view of the Governor Stone  2011.
-A WOODEN SHIP- 
A Wooden Ship that creaks and moans
Strained by the wind and sea,
Is a vehicle for those who roam
The pages of history.
Time decays the human form
But ships, they age with grace.
Peeling paint and a sail torn
Are like an old man’s weathered face.
Schooning over endless swells,
Distance marked on the chart,
A dreamer hears the ocean in a shell,
A sailor, in his heart.
~Peggy McCormick

photo; The Governor Stone arriving at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach Sept 2014
These beautiful glass schooners are available at our website in the ship's store. Hand crafted and donated by member, Don Hardy.  All proceeds go to the rebuilding of the Governor Stone. Thank you Don for sharing your talents with the FOGS!
"If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.” 
― L. Frank Baum, [The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]

photo: The Governor Stone
"There’s something magical about old wooden workboats. It’s like wooden clapboards compared with even the finest vinyl shingles. Vinyl is final, as they say; it’s lower maintenance; and it looks good, even sleek, when it’s brand new. But the texture of wooden hulls, worn but holding, draws me in, not unlike the character etched in the faces of the men and women who drive them."   ~ Jessica Hathaway [editor in chief of National Fisherman]

photo: The Governor Stone
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”                                            ~J.R.R. Tolkien [The Lord of the Rings]

photo: The Governor Stone
She rode the tossing waves like a flying fish.  Dipping jauntily, rising proudly, her every gesture as graceful as defiant, she raised a voice to those whose ears were in tune to hear her. "I am the reason the winds blow" she seems to say.                 ~Garland Roark [The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea]  

Photo: Governor Stone
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple ~Jack Kerouac 

Photo; Governor Stone Aug 2015 by Brad Stephens
Congratulations to GORDON JUSTICE - our 1st new member during the August 2020 Membership Drive!

Welcome aboard, Shipmate!