Monthly Archives: April 2010
|April 30, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Horticulture, Produce|
Here’s the deal – I kill plants. I’m great with pets and children (just ask my friends) but I have trouble keeping plants alive. While I could regale you with stories about my gardening missteps, it can be summarized by saying that I’ve been told that when it comes to plants, I should stick to silks. […] continue reading
|April 29, 2010||Posted by admin under Kids, Nutrition|
I recently wrote about how I am now a proud staff member of the Fresh from Florida Kids campaign. I’m learning a lot about nutrition, health and “kid friendly food” as I get more and more into the program. I don’t have a child of my own, but I support this cause and program 100%, […] continue reading
|April 28, 2010||Posted by admin under News, Seafood|
As if the draw of fresh, Florida Seafood wasn’t enough to entice you to attend this year’s Blue Crab Festival in Panacea- this should be enough to get you to this coastal town this upcoming Saturday. The Japanese duo of Keiichi Hara and Yuzuru Abe, reality stars of the Japanese-based Super Sanma’s Karakuri-TV, will be entering the […] continue reading
|April 27, 2010||Posted by admin under Business|
I’ve written about Twitter, Facebook and social media in general, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about blogging. Well that’s going to change today because this blog has been basically my little project since it started so I love to talk about it. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome with blogging is figuring […] continue reading
|April 26, 2010||Posted by admin under Kids|
Our friend, coworker and fellow blogger Terrie just started a new job! It is bittersweet for us because we are so happy that she is on to bigger and better things, but we will definitely miss her. If you follow our blog, you probably know that Terrie was the head of the Fresh from Florida […] continue reading
|April 23, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Cooking, Farms, Healthy Eating, Horticulture, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes, Seafood|
For some reason I didn’t have the best perception of spinach. I wonder how did spinach got the reputation of having a bad taste? Sometimes the color in spinach baby foods or the taste of canned spinach doesn’t make justice to it. However, fresh Florida spinach has become my favorite alternative when I get tired […] continue reading
|April 22, 2010||Posted by admin under Seafood|
The National Historic Landmark vessel the Governor Stone will travel from Panama City to Apalachicola to be on display at the 12th Annual Apalachicola Antique and Classic Boat Show. The event runs April 23rd and 24th. The vessel will arrive late on the 23rd and be displayed at the Riverfront Park docks on the 24th […] continue reading
The National Historic Landmark vessel the Governor Stone will travel from Panama City to Apalachicola to be on display at the 12th Annual Apalachicola Antique and Classic Boat Show. The event runs April 23rd and 24th. The vessel will arrive late on the 23rd and be displayed at the
Riverfront Park docks on the 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Governor Stone is a 65 foot, 2-masted, gaff-rigged gulf coastal schooner. The vessel, built in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 1877, spent 13 of her 133 years in Apalachicola. She now travels the northern Gulf Coast and is managed by the non-profit Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.
The Governor Stone was renovated at The Boat in Ft. Walton Beach, and has been on display in Panama City as a part of the Historic St. Andrews walking tour since December 11, 2009. After her stay in Apalachicola, she will return for a brief stay in Panama City and, while the remainder of her schedule has not been written in stone, as it were, she will soon be travelling to other communities along the Northwest Gulf Coast. The mission of the Friends is to make the vessel available to the general public as a celebration of Gulf Coast history. Those interested in bringing this fine old wooden vessel to your communities contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete schedule of the
Antique & Classic Boat Show go to www.antiqueboatshow.org or call (850) 653-9419.
About Governor Stone
National Historic Landmark
Built: Pascagoula, Mississippi, c. 1877
Length: 65′; 40′ at waterline
Draft: 3’; loaded 5’; with centerboard down 9’
Hull & Deck: Yellow Cyprus
Spars, boom & gaffs: Heart Pine
The Governor Stone was built by Charles Greiner as a cargo freighter for his chandlery business and named for the first post Civil War Governor of Mississippi. Governor Stone is the last survivor of a class of vessels once numbering in the thousands. It originally carried equipment and materials to deep-draft ships lying off shore, and hauled general freight between ports along the Gulf Coast. For 60 years this schooner was a fishing vessel and an oyster buy boat. It is rumored Governor Stone was a “rum runner” during Prohibition, reportedly offloading larger vessels from Cuba, making two trips per month and grossing $500 on each run.
During World War II it was operated as a training vessel for the Merchant Marine by the War Shipping Board.
Although sunk twice and twice beached by hurricanes, Governor Stone survived. The first beaching occurred during a storm in 1878 the year after Governor Stone was launched. The first sinking occurred on September 26, 1906, when a fleet of several schooners was caught by a hurricane in Herron Bay, Alabama. The Governor Stone capsized and the captain, Thomas Burns, was washed ashore clinging to a skiff, the sole survivor of the 22 men serving aboard the lost schooners. Thrust 300 yards inland in a marsh, Governor Stone was rolled back into the water on pine logs, repaired for $600, and put back into service carrying oysters from South Mobile Bay to markets in the city of Mobile.
Governor Stone’s sails were first augmented with a 16 horsepower outboard engine in 1923. This was replaced with a 50 horsepower Gray engine in 1940, a 110 horsepower Chrysler Marine engine in the early 1980s, and the current Perkins diesel in 1989.
Information courtesy of the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc.