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.

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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It was the usual fun day at the Market in St. Andrews, made extra special by Jessie and John Makler, who drove over from their home on Dauphin Island in Alabama.  Jessie is a descendant of Nathan Mulford Dorlon, the second owner of our vessel.  John is a collector of local stories and a great storyteller.  They told of memories and stories of the Governor Stone's years in the Mobile Bay area.  We will share them with members in the future.😄
⚓Replicas of the Governor Stone Life Ring⚓ 
⚓There are also plane white Life Rings for you to print your own boat's name⚓
⚓Key Rings with your own nautical Letter of choice⚓
⚓Coffee cups of assorted styles ⚓ Glass suncatcher schooners from a local artist. (3 colors)⚓
⚓Beautiful Quilted pillows (Limited amount)⚓
⚓ Our T-Shirts  in new colors with new art-work of an old schooner by a very talented member.
⚓Hand crafted one of a kind Jewelry⚓
⚓ Post cards ⚓ Note cards ⚓ Hat pins / Tie pins ⚓ Life ring ornaments ⚓
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Bird's eye view of the Governor Stone in 2011
There are no Fund-raising events scheduled for the Governor Stone this weekend, so we will enjoy remember days past.  March 22, 2014 John Curry (L) at her wheel with Capt. Bill Hamilton.
16th century tools of the trade, used on the Mary Rose and familiar to those who have worked on the Governor Stone.
She is older than the Governor Stone and was down longer than the Kimball before she was found.  Who is she?
Well, who's ready for another exciting FUND-RAISING EVENT at ‘The Market at Saint Andrews'? 
    WE ARE!! 
Saturday Nov. 16, 2019, the Friends of the Governor Stone are once again hard at work with smiling faces under a white tent. Find us at 1202 Beck Ave in Panama City FL on the waterfront in historic St Andrew.
Please stop by and help us fill the donation jar for the  adventures ahead.   Membership forms will also be available for those wanting to join our organization. 
Now, who wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers?
   WE DO!!
Recycling in Merry Olde England
Two coins from 1877. Missing since Hurricane Michael removed the masts from the Governor Stone in Saint Andrew Bay. If found, please contact The Friends of the Governor Stone.
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
Ahoy Mateys.  the Governor Stone booth at the St. Andrews Market today is pirate-themed for Halloween.  Come visit and enjoy the other activities till 1:00
A few salvaged items from the Governor Stone after the encounter with hurricane Michael Oct 10, 2018.
I see a white sail skipping across a blue bay. 
And I say someday I will.        ~Jimmy Buffett

Photo; The Governor Stone.
“That's what sailing is, a dance, and your partner is the sea. And with the sea you never take liberties. You ask her, you don't tell her. You have to remember always that she's the leader, not you. You and your boat are dancing to her tune.”  ― Michael Morpurgo, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
"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]

Friends Of the Governor Stone, wholeheartedly agree with this statement. We love our beautiful, wooden workboat.
Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. restores, preserves and maintains for the benefit of the general public the sailing vessel Governor Stone, a designated National Historic Landmark Vessel. 
Our mission is to highlight and share the history of waterfront communities by sailing and exhibiting the 1877 Schooner Governor Stone along the Northern Gulf Coast. 
We are a non-profit, fully Volunteer organization.
The vessels homeport is Saint Andrews Marina, Panama City, Florida, USA
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