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.

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Photos below from the Governor Stone Facebook page.

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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
Members of the Friends of the Governor Stone will again be at the Historic St. Andrews Market this Saturday, October 5th from 8 am to 1 pm.  Come hear some of her many stories, see some of her glamour shots and view her tattered port side gunwale.  Fortunately her hull is still intact and all that Hurricane Michael tore down will be rebuilt.  Plan to visit her when she again sails St. Andrew Bay.
“Neither had any desire for talk; the glow and glory of existing on this perfect morning were satisfaction full and sufficient” 
― Kenneth Grahame, (The Wind in the Willows)

[Photo Jeffery B. Adams  The Governor Stone in her slip St. Andrews 2015  ]
“The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamouring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” ~Kate Chopin, [The Awakening]
The Old Sail-Boat

Dismasted, rudderless, sides agape,
She lies upon the beach a wreck,—
She that was wont, a lovely shape,
To sail with beauty on her deck.
Beneath the moon before the wind
She sped, and floods of silvery speech
Poured over her: yet now I find
Only the hulk upon the beach.
For they are gone; the house is gone;
Beauty has faded, lips are still:
The old boat on the beach alone
Lies in the shadow of the hill. 
           ~by Francis Charles MacDonald
 Please donate to the rebuilding of Governor Stone.
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
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