The Governor Stone was built in 1877 at Pascagoula, Mississippi,
for Charles Greiner as a cargo freighter for his chandlery business.
Greiner named the schooner in honor of his friend, John Marshall
Stone, the first post-Civil War Governor of Mississippi. Governor
Stone is the last known survivor of a class of vessels
once numbering in the thousands. Through the years, she has
carried materials and equipment, served as an oyster buy boat,
run rum shipments from Cuba, and served as a private yacht.
She was sunk twice by storms in the early 1900s and survives
today to share her history with another century of admirers.
the restored vessel is devoted to educational programming and
historic and cultural tourism. As it floats today, Governor
Stone embodies maritime heritage as a moving museum and
a reminder of the romantic period and the 130+ year old labor-intensive
traditions of the Gulf Coast. Restored several times and repaired
constantly, as befits a wooden seagoing vessel, the Governor
vessel was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1991
through the United States Department of the Interior. Now owned
and maintained by the 501(c)(3) non-profit group Friends of
the Governor Stone, Inc., the vessel is an enhancement
to cultural, historical, and ecological education and community
events along the Northwest Gulf Coast.
The Governor Stone sails the second Saturday of each month from the St. Andrews Marina. Friends members can register until noon the Thursday before, then any remaining seats are offered to the public. There is no charge. See their website or Facebook.com/GovernorStone for more information.
Second Saturday Sail:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Farmers' Market, 1121 Bayview Avenue, Panama City