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Governor Stone sailing into Bay County Boatyard
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History Continued, the Restoration of the Governor Stone  

 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.

 The 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 volunteers.

           exposed keel                Stern repair                                     

The 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.

                           Cabin damage             Cabin taking shape                     

 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.

          Removing rigging                          Stained and varnished blocks

 You can be a part of this historic endeavor!!

 There 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.

Save 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.



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