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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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Western Flyer Restoration EP 34

A trip to the local foundry to see new portholes being made. Episode 34 from a series following the restoration of the Western Flyer. In this episode, we take a […]

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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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Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: ‘Western Flyer’s’ journy continues

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jan, 2016: Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: ‘Western Flyer’s’ journey continues.

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75 Years After Steinback Sailed, a Boat Is Readied to Go Back to Sea

NY Times, November 12, 2015: 75 Years After Steinbeck Sailed, A Boat is Readied to go Back to Sea.

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