Monterey County Weekly | April 13, 2023
The Western Flyer, the boat that John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts (and their traveling companions) took down to the Sea of Cortez in 1940, is certainly a historic vessel. Now it’s an award-winning historic vessel, after the boat took home the prize for “Restored Power Vessel” at the Classic Boat Awards in London, England. “We are so honored to receive the Classic Boat Award for the Western Flyer,” John Gregg, founder and board member of the nonprofit Western Flyer Foundation, said in a statement. “It has been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we look forward to an exciting future bringing students and scientists aboard.” Over the past six-plus years, the boat, which was built in 1937, has undergone extensive restoration in Port Townsend, Washington. It is scheduled to return to the Monterey Bay this summer and become a floating classroom.