Mission & History

The Mission and History of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to celebrate and preserve the maritime history of Apalachicola in the form of a maritime museum, active sailing, boat building and restoration programs, educational programs and stewardship of ecosystems in the Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint River System, the Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf Coastal regions which rely upon river outflows.

Governor Stone

Originally founded in 1995 with the Governor Stone, the Apalachicola Maritime Museum quickly became an icon for maritime heritage in Apalachicola.  Maintenance and lack of adequate funding led to dissolution of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum in 2004 and departure of the Governor Stone.  Our original goal was to bring the Stone back to Apalachicola.  Unfortunately, she has found a new home to the west and we hope her new owners will take their role of stewardship of this fine old lady very seriously.

The Heritage

Realizing that the return of the Stone was no longer an option, a search was begun that took a dedicated crew of visionaries in search of an appropriate alternative.  The search went from Miami to Maine and from Newport, California to the Abaco Island group of the Bahamas.  After sailing and searching many wooden vessels, we found the Quark, a faithful replication of the L. Francis Herreschoff ketch design of the 1930s named Mobjack.  The Quark was built in 2002 by Steve White of the Brooklyn Boat Yard in Brooklyn, Maine.  She is double planked with fir over cedar and fastened with custom forged Monel fasteners. Her decks and house are teak and she is one solid boat easily handling up to 20 passengers for a day sail.