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.

Please click here to support the restoration of the Schooner Governor Stone today.

Click here to visit the Governor Stone Facebook page.

Photos below from the Governor Stone Facebook page.

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"Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change." ~Shonda Rhimes

There is a lot of hard work going on within the Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.. All with the same goal.
Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: 
the anchor won't make the storm go away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.        ~Russ Harris

Photo credit Conner A.  Governor Stone 2015
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.    
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Photo; The Governor Stone 1950
View from the deck of the Governor Stone Nov 13 2016. Yep, that is the America back there.
We all have our own part to care for, please do not take it lightly.
The Governor Stone 2014
"Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford." ~George Matthew Adams

photo: Fair weather sailing aboard Governor Stone. We need more days like these.
We would love for someone to pledge to match the funds raised tomorrow! 
Please come by to visit the volunteer crew at The Market at St. Andrews on Saturday March 7. You will find many vendors with unique one of a kind items, baked goods, bird houses, jewelry,  fresh vegetables, kettle corn, wood carvings and honey straight from the beekeepers. 
     The Friends of the Governor Stone will be telling about her rich history while raising funds toward the rebuilding of the damaged schooner. Within walking distance, you will find, both, her designated slip with the plaque stating the vessel being on the National Registry of Historic places and The Panama City Publishing Company where she has a fascinating display. Free entry and free parking.
Many thanks to the Panama City Parrot Head Club for the generous donation to the Friends of the Governor Stone.  They choose a charity to assist each month.  We are so glad they chose us for February.  Jimmy would no doubt be pleased, as the Governor is from his home town.
Thanks too to Sharon and Ken Boyk, of both organizations who orchestrated it all.
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
~Earl Nightingale

Photo of Governor Stone Aug 2015 by Brad Stephens
“One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing to walk away or try harder”
 ~Ziad K. Abdelnour

A big "Thank you," to those who try harder.

Photo: The Governor Stone 2019
There was a very good turnout for The Friends of the Governor Stone’s Annual Membership Meeting. This shows the concern for, the importance of and the dedication to, the 142-year-old schooner. Our wonderful president, Amanda Kilbourn, has brought us through another difficult year of red tape and documents for arranging secure funding toward the repair of this historic vessel. However, we are still on hold to receive that funding and confident that it will be attained, as her National Historic Landmark status certainly qualifies her for it. We must trust the long tedious process. 
   Volunteers have continued other fundraising opportunities during this past year, that allows us to tell about the rich history of the Governor Stone to any who will listen. There are several events being planned for 2020 where we wish to stir interest and invite more to join our organization.
We welcome the Grand Reopening of the Publishing Museum in St. Andrews, a dear friend to the Governor Stone.  It included a traditional salute by the Queen of Conch, Mary Lou Race.
This is how love begins...⊰༺⛵

photo; Conner age 6, helmsman on the Governor Stone 2014
Length: 65’; 39’at waterline
Beam: 13’2”
Draft: 3’    loaded 5’; with centerboard down 9’
Hull & Deck: yellow cypress and Juniper
Spars, Booms & Gaffs: Heart Pine
The canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see when you're sailing ♪♫ ♬
“Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time, it means that even on hard days you know that there are better ones coming” ~unknown
A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be. 
~Aubrey de Selincour
“Emotion is contagious.” ~Malcolm Gladwell

photo; The Governor Stone 2016
NEW DATE!  Friends of the Governor Stone will hold its Annual Membership Meeting as follows:  
Saturday, February 22, 2020
2:00 pm EST to 4:00 pm EST. 

Port St Joe Garden Club 
216 8th Street 
Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456 

Please make plans to attend as important information will be shared.  Also, please feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. (Absolutely NO cinnamon due to a severe allergy, thank you.)

See you there!

Colleen Reilly
Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.

In addition, if you are not yet a member and would like to be you are welcome to attend. Membership forms will be available at the event.
Have you been to our website ? Here is a history excerpt from the "About the Governor Stone" section.

   By 1939 the age of the wooden coasting schooner had past.  Power boats, trains and pick-ups had replaced them, so this time Thomas did not save the vessel.
Fortunately Mr. Isaac Rhea was seeking a day sailer for his luxury resort, Inn by the Sea, in Pass Christian, Mississippi.  He salvaged the Governor Stone and had her rebuilt top to bottom. He named her the Queen of the Fleet after another vessel that lay nearby, and under the direction of Charles Merrick she ferried tourists around the area from 1940 to 1953 with a noteworthy intermission.  The U.S. War commission purchased the vessel for $1.00 in 1942.  She operated as a Navy training vessel through that War.   She was returned to Mr. Rhea in 1947 with a 110 HP Chrysler Marine engine installed.
⚓  "Behold the threaden sails
"Borne with the invisible and creeping wind,
Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea,
Breasting the lofty surge." ~William Shakespeare

Photo;  Raising the jib on the Governor Stone 2015
Does the song of the sea end at the shore
or in the hearts of those who listen to it? 
                           ~Kahlil Gibran
Though no air was perceptible on the decks of the
frigate, the little schooner was so light that she succeeded in stemming her way over the rising waves, aided a little by the tide; and in a few minutes her low hull was just discernible in the streak of light along the horizon, with the dark outline of her sails rising above the sea, until their fanciful summits were lost in the shadows of the clouds. ~James Fenimore Cooper

photo: Governor Stone 2014
To all Members; Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Please check your email for details.
⛵To become a member go to⛵
For a crisp and breezy day, OUR FIRST EVENT OF 2020 went very well. The Market at St. Andrews was quite busy and we had a very enthusiastic crew of 4 to tell the tales of our beloved schooner.  We will be there again on Sat. Jan 18.
All the best in 2020 to those who follow the GOVERNOR STONE.
This is the most elegant and, for small craft, the most manageable vessel that floats.  Its proportions are more agreeable to the eye than those of any other species of craft...
                      per R. M.  Ballantyne in an 1874 article
Sea story!

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LONG 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899. "Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship's position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in:
Two different days,
Two different months,
Two different years,
Two different seasons
But in two different centuries - all at the same time!

SS Warrimoo was an Australian/New Zealand passenger ship, launched in 1892. The ship is best remembered for allegedly crossing the intersection of the International Date Line and the Equator precisely at the turn of the year from 1899 to 1900. ~Wikipedia
Per Snopes ➡️The story may be apocryphal. Whether the ship actually achieved this feat is unknown. Skeptics note that the story did not appear until 40 years after the supposed feat. Furthermore, the navigational technology of the day was likely not accurate enough to have a ship straddle the exact intersection of the date line and equator.

Still, A cool story.
I paid attention to this education from; Analytical Grammar/Grammar Planet
Today's Lunchbox Lesson: PAYED and PAID
PAYED is the past tense and past participle of the verb "pay," *but* is used in a very limited sense. PAYED is a common and historical nautical term. Let's take a look:
PAY refers to the sealing of a deck or hull of a wooden ship with pitch/tar/resin to prevent leakage. For example, "Has the deck been payed to make sure the joints are sealed?
The nautical PAY also has several related phrasal verbs:
PAY AWAY means to let the ship fall away from wind.
PAY OFF means to let the ship fall off leeward.
PAY OUT means to let out line or cable by slacking.
"THE DEVIL TO PAY": The joint between the hull and the keel is called the "devil"; thus, “the devil to pay” because sealing that joint is such a miserable job. (h/t K.H.)
As you can see, the only times you should be using "payed" are when you are dealing with nautical situations or in reference to lines and cables, etc.
PAID is the standard past tense and participle of the verb "pay" in the majority of its other senses -- typically financial in meaning. But there are also many expressions with the word. 
For example,
"She paid tribute to her cast members at the awards ceremony."
"I paid a visit to my grandma at the nursing home."
"If you paid attention to your syllabus, you would have known that your diorama project was due today."
Thus, PAID is the form that you will typically use. It’s an irregular verb where “ay” changes to an “ai” in the past tense. SAY and LAY are two other examples:
Say, Said, Have Said
Lay, Laid, Have Laid
Pay, Paid, Have Paid
Tip: Only consider using PAYED if you are dealing with sailing or lines. Otherwise, you probably want to use PAID.

The Governor Stone photo credit; Carol Visalpatara
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. 
                                                        ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

photo: The Governor Stone on a sunset sail.
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