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Future of damaged historic Panama City boat hangs in the balance

The future of the historic Governor Stone ship is unknown after Hurricane Michael heavily damaged it. (WJHG/WECP)
The future of the historic Governor Stone ship is unknown after Hurricane Michael heavily damaged it. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 10:43 AM CST
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The future of one historic Panama City treasure lays in the balance.

Built in 1877, the Governor Stone is the last gulf coast schooner.

In its day, the boat was used to carry out commerce all over the gulf coast.

Before the hurricane, the ship would set sail the second Saturday of every month for enthusiasts to enjoy.

But Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the boat, forcing it out of commission.

"Obviously there's some holes in the bow. The lines themselves are great, she is absolutely restorable. We've had several people- historical shipwrights- look at her and she is definitely something that we can restore, but she was just so heavily damaged," said Amanda Kilbourn, President of Friends of the Governor Stone.

The boat's original home at the St. Andrews Marina is empty while it currently rests at the Watson Bayou Marina waiting for repairs.

If you'd like to donate to the Governor Stone's restoration, visit the attached website.

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