• Western Flyer, Steinbeck Boat, is Coming Home

    The Western Flyer, 72′ Monterey fishing boat made world-famous by author John Steinbeck and marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts on their 1940 voyage to Baja California’s Sea of Cortez has been saved from dereliction, acquired for preservation and restoration as a floating classroom to operate from her historic home harbor of Monterey. The 1940 expedition resulted in the co-authored publication, The Sea of Cortez.
    Western Flyer in shipyard
    After sinking twice at her mooring in the Swinomish Channel near Anacortes, Washington, and an extended period of time in a nearby Port Townsend boat yard, the owner of a geotechnical site investigation company has purchased the vessel for an undisclosed sum. The vessel has been acquired by John Gregg, of Gregg Drilling & Testing, Inc.

    The official announcement by its new owners will be made at the Cannery Row Foundation’s CANNERY ROW SYMPOSIUM in the historic Monterey Boat Works auditorium at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, February 21st.  Press conference at noon.  www.canneryrow.org.

    Western Flyer has been sunk twice

    Western Flyer has been sunk twice

    John Steinbeck’s 1951 Viking Press publication of The Log From The Sea of Cortez portion of the original book is Steinbeck’s classic account of the scientific expedition to the Gulf of California and a philosophical tour de force of the strength and depth of the co-authors relationship. Its introduction, About Ed Ricketts, is Steinbeck’s famous tribute to his closest friend, mentor, muse, and one of America’s greatest naturalists.

    For more story information, supplemental text, broadcast video B roll clips, digital print and web images for download at: www.thehistorycompany.com

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 20, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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