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A letter from the Board President

Dear Supporter, We need your help! We are oh-so-close to getting the boat in the water and ready for her trip to her new home in Monterey, California, but there […]

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“Let’s go wide open.”

Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State Univeristy and founding board member of the Western Flyer Foundation, reads her favorite section from the introduction to the Log From […]

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The Western Flyer Foundation’s Community Journal Project

This school year, the Western Flyer Foundation is piloting the Community Journal Project with students in Monterey County. This project focuses on environmental literacy through the integration of art, science, […]

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“All things are one thing, one thing is all things.”

In this episode of Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer, artist and Western Flyer Foundation advisory board member, Ray Troll, reads from The Log from the Sea of […]

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Introducing Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer

Chris Chase introduces a new playlist on the Western Flyer Foundation’s YouTube channel, where you can find stories from folks who are involved in the Western Flyer Foundation and the […]

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“A man builds the best of himself into a boat.”

In this episode of Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer, Dr. William Gilly, a founding board member of the Western Flyer Foundation and professor at Stanford University, reads […]

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Notes from a Visit to the Western Flyer

I had the good fortune to tour the Western Flyer in Port Townsend with Chris Chase on the misty morning of September 9, 2021. This was my first time seeing […]

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WFF T-Shirts Designed by Andrea Dingeldein

Support the Western Flyer Foundation with a donation of $35 (or more) and receive a t-shirt with original artwork by Andrea Dingeldein. You can find more of Andrea’s work at […]

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How Resilient is the Gulf of California?

“The very air here is miraculous, and outlines of reality change with the moment.” ~John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez (1941) Although we may still think of […]

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WFF Update on Baja – A Mexican Perspective

Notes from  Baja California Sur What would John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts find if they were able to return to the Sea of Cortés* today? What is the same and […]

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Join the WFF Intertidal Zone Bioblitz

In 1940, writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered a purse seiner, the Western Flyer, for a 6-week expedition to the Sea of Cortez. They captured and catalogued […]

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Visit to Port Townsend

Before COVID-19 hit, Western Flyer had hundreds of visitors a month. These days, not so much. Access to the yard has been strictly limited for the past year — all […]

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Ed Ricketts: by Katharine A. Rodger, University of California, Davis

When Ed Ricketts left for the Sea of Cortez aboard the Western Flyer in March 1940, he hoped the trip would be the basis for a new book

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An Explanation of Why I Can’t Contribute to This Narrative

It has been one of the great, unexpected pleasures of the Western Flyer restoration process that I get to work with notable scientists and authors.

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Power & Motoryacht

In 2013, the fishing vessel Gemini, a purse seiner built in 1937, was hauled up from the bottom of the Swinomish Channel in the Pacific Northwest

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Righting the Ship

A team of shipwrights resurrects a purse seiner with a Nobel connection for a noble cause.

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The Western Flyer

The Western Flyer was made famous when legendary writer John Steinbeck set sail on her inspiring him to write two books

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John Steinbeck’s Western Flyer Resurfaces

A foundation is restoring the boat Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered for a journey they later chronicled in a book

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News and donations

The city of Monterey is looking for public input on a proposed plan to develop a condemned portion of the Coast Guard Pier

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From Steinbeck to Surfboards: Famous Fishing Boat Surfs Back to the Sea

From Steinbeck to surfboards: Famous fishing boat surfs back to sea

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