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.

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Photos below from the Governor Stone Facebook page.

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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.
Board members and volunteers unite!
A secretary's work is never done.
I see a white sail skipping across a blue bay. And I say someday I will. -~Jimmy Buffett

Photo of America and Governor Stone.
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⚓
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