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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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 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!
We're on our way! Since the Ship's Store opened 3 weeks ago, we have raised an additional $1,247 from premium gifts bringing us closer to our goal.  Our FOGS members & Facebook followers are great!

The Ship's Store is restocked with more t-shirts, including the favorite navy blue shirts.   If you're membership is due to expire in July or August, you can re-up through the website.  All money raised goes towards that $150k goal for FEMA matching funds.
To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.
-R. D. (Pete) Culler

photo; The Governor Stone by Katie Clark
“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.” ~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

photo credit; Conner A. The Governor Stone  2015
“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”          ~William James, [The Principles of Psychology]

photo:  the Governor Stone 2016
Do not forget to look up...
Sometimes you find a more interesting view.

Photo: The Governor Stone
photo credit: Gale Heuring
Getting closer!  New FOGS shipmates, renewing FOGS shipmates, a grant award & generous supporters are helping us reach our goal.  

In 3 weeks, we've raised $4,860!!  Look for details in our upcoming FOGS Newsletter. 

HINT: To get your copy of Cabin Notes, be sure to join or renew your membership!
The secret of life 
Is enjoying the passage of time.
                          ~James Taylor