Governor Stone to Receive a Facelift

The Governor Stone has played many roles in it's history of more than a century.

"This boat is an important part of the northern Gulf Coast history. These kinds of boats did all of the commerce back in the 1880s and '90s," said former director of marinas for Panama City, Bill Lloyd.

"She's hauled lumber, she's been an oyster buy boat," commented Kay Cherry with Friends of the Governor Stone, "she's also been a pleasure sightseeing boat at time in her life."

But now, the The Governor Stone - one of the last vessels of its kind and a national historic landmark - is being pulled out of the sea for a special project: the schooner will be getting a much needed facelift.

Through grants from the state and donations, the Friends of the Governor Stone say the vessel will be undergoing a restoration for the next 3 months at the Bay County Boatyard for some major.

"In order to make sure the boat lasts another hundred years, what we want to do is we're gonna focus on fixing that keel right," said Capt. Bill Hamilton. "Preserving it, stabilizing it and then we'll move onto to other projects if we've got other time and money left, but the keel's our primary focus."

While the group has received some money they're still fundraising. Residents who would like to see the schooner but don't want to make the trip to the boatyard can visit the St. Andrews Publishing House Museum where a display will be put up to show progress.