Western Flyer Revival Talk

March 10, 2021 - 6:00 PM
HMSC Science on Tap

Western Flyer in its decrepit state.\Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A key player in marine biology’s history is floating back into the present.  The Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap Series presents oceanographer Jack Barth, of Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Initiative, speaking on “The Western Flyer Rises Again: The Iconic Vessel of Steinbeck and Ricketts Fame.”  The event takes place on Wednesday, March 10, at 6 p.m.  It is free and open to all, although in the pandemic era it takes place online and you will have to pour your own.

The Western Flyer is an iconic vessel, chartered by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts for their 1940 trip to Gulf of California. Steinbeck memorialized that trip in his book “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.” After that trip, the Western Flyer participated in many California Current and Alaska fisheries. As with many long-serving wooden vessels, it met its demise and ultimately sank at the dock in Puget Sound. Recently, the Western Flyer Foundation (WFF) took possession of the derelict vessel and is rebuilding her from the keel up. Dr. Barth will share this story of revival and the potential for educational opportunities available as the Western Flyer plies the waters of the West Coast once again.

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