History Continued, the Restoration of the
Preservation of the 1877
National Historic Landmark Vessel, the Governor Stone presents unique
challenges, as she is a working, sailing, on-the-water historical
artifact. The continuous exposure to the
elements, wind, sun, rain and corrosive salt water require continuous
maintenance to preserve the condition of the vessel.
In spite of the best
efforts of volunteer members of the Friends of the Governor Stone some aspects
of the vessel have deteriorated to the point requiring removal from the water
so significant repairs can be made.
Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources selected the
Governor Stone to receive a 2014 Viva Florida 500 Small Matching Historical
Preservation Grant. Funds awarded in
July of 2013 are matched by donations and in-kind services from supporters
including Bay County Boat Yard, Eastern Shipbuilding, Kurt Voss of Historic
Ships and Boats, Master Boatbuilder Bill Holland of D'Iberville, MS and numerous
single biggest task of the restoration was repair to the original keel of
the vessel to address damage from ship worms in the interior of the centerboard
slot, leaks at the centerboard and garboard joints and at the rudderpost and
driveshaft fittings. There
was surprisingly little damage to planking below the waterline, and
that due to rainwater leaking from above. Deck and gunwale
planking was repaired where needed.
repairs to deteriorating deck structures present the opportunity to replace the
hatch covers, cabin and steering gear box with structures that are historically
accurate and are built with traditional methods using like-kind materials.
Planned funds are
additionally available to replace the sails, sail covers and running rigging
with modern maintainable materials that more closely resemble the appearance of
original lines, sails and blocks.
You can be a part of
this historic endeavor!!
is still time to get involved. Bring
your skills and/or willingness to learn to any of the jobs to be done.
While the Restoration is complete, the work has just begun. As
a volunteer organization, we can always use more help with planning, historic
research, logistics, fundraising, documentation and
promotion, as well as hands-on assistance with skilled and apprentice
woodworking, sanding, refinishing and caulking.
We are also seeking members to monitor the vessel while in port in
Panama City and during our travels to Carrabelle, Apalachicola, Fort
Walton Beach, and, in the future, points west. Join us, learn more and volunteer by contacting info@Governor Stone.org or 850-621-0011 or click here to print and send in our membership registration form.
the Governor Stone. This project has been financed in part with
the historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of
Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida
Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historic Commission.