Western Flyer


#*! boat!
PREMO Member
Was not sure where to put his....very cool story though.

On the morning of Monday, March 11, 1940, writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts boarded the sardine seiner Western Flyer at a wharf in Monterey, California. Both men were moving slowly because a fiesta to celebrate the end of fishing season had gone on late into the night after a boat parade, a barbecue, and seine skiff races. Steinbeck and Ricketts were well-known on the waterfront—and elsewhere—so their departure on a six-week expedition drew a raucous crowd.

What makes the history personal for me is the fact that the Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute, operates a very capable research vessel, home ported in Monterey, CA, by the same name. I had a hand in her construction and sea trials. She's based on SWATH technology, which is what we're very busy with today, delivering crew transfer vessels to support offshore wind farms.