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We're restructuring our organization while we physically rebuild our 145 year old sailing schooner, the Governor Stone. Join us as we write a new chapter in history of this National Historic Landmark located in Panama City, Florida.

We need your talent, skills and fresh ideas to fill the following positions:
Vice President
Member Recruitment
Grant Navigator

We will be creating new business and marketing plans, along with educational programs for both youth and adults. Board members meet quarterly (often by video) and annual meetings are held each February. Projects can be managed remotely. Launching of the rebuilt schooner is anticipated for late 2023 with numerous festivities and culminating in a gala event and sailing tour of the Gulf Coast from Pascagoula, Mississippi to Carrabelle, Florida (and maybe further South!)

Board members enjoy camaraderie with others who enjoy sailing and maritime history. No experience on the water? No problem! Come aboard and learn the ropes along the way!

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1400-1498 Bayview Ave, PO BOX 15968 Zip 32401, PANAMA CITY, FL 32401, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to highlight and share the history of waterfront communities by sailing and exhibiting the 1877 Schooner Governor Stone along the Northern Gulf Coast. Recovery from Hurricane Michael is our objective through 2023. Rebuilding the 1877 Schooner Governor Stone enables us to share our love and knowledge of the sea, sailing, and the history of waterfront communities along the Northern Gulf Coast with you and your family, our neighbors from the very young to our cherished elders.


We are a group of people who share a love of the sea, sailing ships and their history. Our specific focus is sharing our love and knowledge of the sailing vessel Governor Stone, a designated National Historic Landmark that is 145 years old.

We offer educational opportunities for various youth groups and day sailings for the general public. We teach historic and current maritime practices; boater and sailing safety; historic sailing skills; local and regional history; and we encourage appreciation and preservation of the waterways and aquatic creatures.

Category 5 Hurricane Michael destroyed the Governor Stone in October 2018. Matching funds were raised to receive a FEMA historic grant and rebuilding started in May 2022. We anticipate relaunching her in late 2023, which will be her 146 year in existence.

After the Governor Stone is back on the water, we will embark on a multi-city sailing tour from her original birthplace in Pascagoula, Mississippi along the entire Gulf Coast with stops in major cities like Mobile and Pensacola, but more importantly, the smaller towns like Spanish Fort, Fort Walton, Port St Joe, Apalachicola and Carrabelle where shallow draft sailing vessels like the Governor Stone played a major part in both commerce and recreation for our area.

Whether you are hands-on with woodworking or nautical skills or you prefer to help with administrative tasks like newsletters, fundraising and grant writing, come aboard and become a FOGS Shipmate!


Arts & Culture
Board Development
Veterans & Military Families
Arts & Culture, Board Development, Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


Beck AvenuePanama City, FL 32401



  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Fundraising
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Networking




  • Flexible based upon your schedule.
  • A desire to preserve history while having fun with other members during community events.

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