Local organization works to salvage Governor Stone

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local organization held a meeting Saturday to discuss the fate of the last known Gulf Coast schooner in existence.

The 1877 Gulf Coast schooner, the Governor Stone, capsized in St. Andrews Bay during Hurricane Michael.

The sailboat was badly damaged, with up to $180,000 in repairs for the hull. This doesn't include the long list of other things on the boat that need to be repaired or replaced.

There was a good turnout at the meeting with the main discussion being how to save this vessel.

Amanda Kilbourn, President of the Friends of the Governor Stone, says "We are working with the FEMA organization as well as federal grants and state grants, and we are working with private donors and establishing the needs list which is extensive and just kind of seeing where we stand at this point, it is a slow work in progress."

They are in the works of making fundraising plans to help save this historical landmark. We will update you as more information emerges.