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“Steinbeck’s” boat to sail again?

November 23, 2015

WASH_STEINBECK_BOAT_1Port Townsend seems the spot for restoring old wood boats. John Gregg, a geologist who as a boy was inspired by The Log from the Sea of Cortez has bought The Western Flyer, the boat on which Steinbeck took that voyage, intending to restore it.

Except, it wasn’t Steinbeck’s. He was tagging along with Ed Ricketts on the latter’s trips to collect marine specimens. And it wasn’t Ricketts’s boat, either. Just one he hired sometimes for those collecting trips.

I’m a bit dubious how Steinbeck would view such a project.

But the book is a good yarn of California before it became high tech, and Baja, before it became popular. By all means, read it.

In other maritime news, this grounding is the kind of thing that gives drunken sailors a bad name.

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