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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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
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
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