Calm Monday morning on the Monterey waterfront, which used to be home base to the boat form which my account gets its name.
In 1940, the Western Flyer, a fishing vessel, was chartered by marine biologist Ed Ricketts and writer John Steinbeck for an ecological and collecting expedition in the Sea of Cortez. After this six week trip of philosophy, beer, and marine science, the vessel was brought back to fish sardines out of Monterey until the fishery started to collapse in the late 1940s.
After many years of harbor hopping and sinking twice, the Western Flyer is now undergoing restoration. The hope is that she will soon be back in this pocket of the ocean, serving as a floating classroom for kids to learn about science and conservation.
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