Panama City, FL –
ST. ANDREWS, Florida (WMBB) — A historic ship that was damaged in Hurricane Michael is finally about to be restored.
Governor Stone, 144, was officially moved on Saturday, marking the start of a restoration project.
“It’s finally happened and we’re so excited. It was great to see the neighbors come out to see everyone. We have people from the friends group for the Governor Stone, we have the Stone Loft team and today marks the beginning of the rebuilding process,” said Friends of the Governor Stone Inc. President Colleen Reilly.
The historic schooner was moved from Watson Bayou to St. Andrews Primary School to be rebuilt at the school lodge.
Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. has spent the past three years raising $150,000 for a historic $1.5 million FEMA grant to rebuild the boat.
“It’s really exciting because you have a National Historic Landmark like the Governor’s Stone being rebuilt in a National Historic Landmark, St Andrews Elementary School, and we also do a walking tour of the National Historic Landmark, the Panama City Publishing Museum, so there’s a lot of history with that,” Reilly said.
Stone Loft will open some working days for the community to observe the rebuilding process and even get your hands dirty.
“Take a piece of sandpaper, grab a few blocks, it’s huge to be a part of history especially when the hurricane tore it down and we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to get it back and put it back for d ‘Other generations can benefit from it,’ Reilly said.
The Governor Stone turns 145 in October, they hope to put the Governor Stone back in the waters next year.
The ship was wrecked four different times, which will give her her 5th life.
“Because it’s such an old piece of history, it’s such a beautiful thing that it’s been kept alive for so long,” said Megghan Mcdougall, Community Outreach Coordinator for Stone Loft Boat Shop. “I think it’s really important for kids to see things that have stood the best of time and been through so many different trials.”
They expect the Governor’s Stone to take about 18 months to rebuild.
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