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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Tomorrow, Saturday 9/21, brings another exciting fund-raising event at Saint Andrews Market where Friends Of the Governor Stone will be under a white tent for a change.
 Our President, Amanda Kilbourn, has told us “Please be assured that any grant funds we receive will not be enough.” to get her sailing again.
Please come and support the FOGS. If you are a member, we need you to step up and volunteer with the fund-raising. We are getting close, but need your help.
2013 men fly
2012 a military rescue
2011 defenders of the City (who never succeed)
2010 capture of Fort Walton Beach mayor
2010 Krewe of Bowlegs invasion
“Unfilled wishes are like violets under the snow. Some spring day a warm breath of air will touch them and they will bloom again.” ~Virginia Cox-Smith
[ photo Governor Stone, Apalachicola 2016 Sea food festival ]
If you are in the Pensacola area you should stop by the 
Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) Coordination Center 
Located at 207 E. Main Street in Pensacola, FL.
See their exhibit inside. 
 It documents the effects of hurricane Michael on coastal historic sites and the plight of the Governor Stone is a major focus of an exhibit.
This exhibit will be on display through the end of the year and may then be available as a free travelling exhibit. We thank Mike Thomin for including us.
The Governor Stone booth will be at The Market at St. Andrews this Saturday, September 7th, 8 am till 1 pm.  Join us.
Rum Runners loading rum bound for the U.S.A. during the Prohibition years on Nassau Harbour, Bahamas.
[Photo credit to fb page Caribbean Rum]

  Our Governor Stone is not in these photos as she picked up her cargo of rum from Cuba.
Always focus on the Governor Stone
Say, What?
Schooners America and Governor Stone sailing together.   
 Panama City Marina, Nov.13, 2016  Panama City, FL
A beautiful photo taken in 2014.  Panama City, FL.
The 1877 schooner Governor Stone under full sail.
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 Rilk

Thank you, Katie Clark, for this beautiful photo of the Governor Stone. We look forward to more days such as this.
'What are these?’ asked Sam, handling one that lay upon the greensward. 'Ropes indeed!’ answered an Elf from the boats. ‘Never travel far without a rope! And one that is long and strong and light. Such are these. They may be a help in many needs.’ 'You don’t need to tell me that!’ said Sam. ‘I came without any, and I’ve been worried ever since. But I was wondering what these were made of, knowing a bit about rope-making." ~J.R.R. Tolkien [The Fellowship of the Ring.]

Photo; aboard the Governor Stone, Fay Andrews coils lines with skill after raising the foresail.
Throw Back Thursday, 15 years ago.
I see a white sail skipping across a blue bay. And I say someday I will. -~Jimmy Buffett

 2015  Raising the jib on the Governor Stone.                            [ Photo taken by a 7-year old boy.]
Sweet memories of June 2018 The Governor Stone.
This beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the water under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath.     ~ G. Paulsen [Caught by the Sea]
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