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Updated on May 17, 2024

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Western Flyer Artifacts Press Release

Click Here for the pending STEINBECK NOW Feature


Efforts have been unsuccessful to place the Fry Collection of Western Flyer Artifacts
with Tacoma or Monterey for acquisition and public exhibition

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at Tacoma, Washington, "Birthplace of the Western Flyer"
or the Western Flyer's new home port of  Monterey
 for permanent public exhibition.

Look for a feature and information soon for




In facts and photos for that
perfect gift for someone you know.

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Actual size 11 x 17.75 inches.

     Click Here to Purchase on  Square
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I'm big in Bulgaria!

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ISBN: 978-954-089-1681-1

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Click here for the 2009 link to Vimeo video of a live interview by Michael Hemp at Wave Street Studios (Cannery Row)
Featuring "Queen of Cannery Row" Kalisa Moore, Bulgarian Professors George Dechev, and Professor Alex Gochev,
after a guided tour of their delegation of Ed Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories, Monterey, California.

With active links for more of the story, far below near the bottom of The History Company site scroll:

[More details by Dr. Gochev with photos at the active links for this story near the bottom of this site scroll]


The History Company is proud to announce another fine Independent Book Store now selling our
history of  John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and  its connections to the maritime Pacific Northwest:

Eagle Harbor Books
                                                                        David and Jane Danielson

157 Winslow Way E. • Bainbridge Island • WA 98110
(206) 8423-5332 •


Photos from the private Moss Landing party November 3,
and arrival of the Western Flyer at Monterey, November 4th, 2023
will be added soon.
(A full album soon, under construction)


Newsletter 1994
(Designed, written and published by
CRF Executive Director, Michael Hemp)

We've waited a long time...

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The Western Flyer "Welcome Home" party
is 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday November 4th, 2023,
on, Monterey, CA.

WFF Party


Finally to Moss Landing, California, after midnight
October 6th, 2023.


Once under way again, weather complicated plans.
The Western Flyer had to lay-over not far south
 at Brookings, Oregon, to await weather to clear.
WF at Brookings


 WF Departs

WF © Ben King

Western Flyer moored at Newport, Oregon, September 24, 2023,
by ©2023 Ben King / Out West Photography • Newport

(CLICK HERE for more information)


Wednesday • October 11th • From 4:00PM

Plan to attend another FREE Mason County Historical Society and Museum benefit
speaking engagement by MSHS&M lifetime member, author and historian,

Michael Kenneth Hemp returning to his familiar historical research turf on 
Washington State's Hood Canal—on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023.

Admission is free • Donations are appreciated

This return speaking engagement is again co-sponsored
by Union, Washington's renowned
Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club
Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
From 4:00 PM

330 E. Country Club Drive E.
Union, WA 098592 • (360) 898-2560

Alderbrook Golf & Ycht Club view

In addition to more on-going original historical research results
about the Hood Canal of the 1930s and the emerging record of an intense
research presence of pioneering
marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts,
the father of ecology, and his family during many spring and summers 
staying at the Gateway Inn (now Hoodsport's salmon hatchery)
there is more to exciting
news connected to Ed Ricketts.

The 1937 Tacoma-built "Western Flyer" was made world-famous by
Ed Ricketts and his more famous friend John Steinbeck for their
1940 voyage of "science and leisure" to Mexico's Sea of Cortez to remove
Steinbeck from death threats by California's Associated Farmers
for his dust bowl exposé of their sins in "Grapes of Wrath".

After over 7 years of restoration at Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op
and nearly another year at Snow & Company in Ballard (Seattle) for
installation of her hybrid diesel-electric propulsion, controls, electronics,
and ship's gear—on November 4th, Monterey & Cannery Row will
celebrate the return of the "Western Flyer" to Home Port Monterey.

You don't want to miss the most recent chapter in the saga of the
"Western Flyer" presented by (yours truly) the Cannery Row-Monterey
historian who, in 1984, announced the prospect of the return to
Monterey of the "Western Flyer"—the result of research by
colleague Bob Enea, Monterey's sardine fleet and Sicilian heritage.
Not the least of which is that Croatian skipper Tony Berry and
Steinbeck-famous deck-hand "Sparky" Enea were his uncles!

Please join me, the general public, and the members of both the Mason County
Historical Society and the Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club for this
incredible story at 4Pm on Wednesday, November 11th.
Followed by a "Meet the Author" and book signing.

It's in here:


Admission to this speaking engagement is free • Donations appreciated.


Countdown to Western Flyer
Departure from Seattle to
home port Monterey...

Sign-up for the Western Flyer Foundation Newsletter
for up to date information and photography of
the last stages of the Western Flyer's eight-year
restoration at Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op
and now at Snow & Company, Ballard (Seattle) for
hybrid-diesel propulsion and technical outfitting.

If you're around the Seattle area, look out for her on
sea trials begun in-and-around the Lake Washington area.
Be a Western Flyer Finder and e-mail us your photos
we can share on this website (with your photo credits)
for the Western Flyer world that this site has been
championing since the early 1980s!

We also want to share our recognition for a creative
new Western Flyer logo by  graphic designer Zina Oliver:

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July 25, 2023

It's the 25th of July, 2023. It was on this date in 1930,
Ed Ricketts was photographed by his close friend
(and 1939 co-author of "Between Pacific Tides")
Jack Calvin. They had arrived at Port Townsend,
Washington, from British Columbia's
Vancouver Island,
to be there specifically on this date—1000 miles from
Cannery Row—for the -3.42 low tide in this photo.
Carl Gray, Hood Canal tidal researcher, determined
this tide
would not come again for 30 years!

Ed Ricketts, kneeling in winged kelp at Port Townsend, July 25, 1930.          Jack Calvin photo/Pat Hathaway Collection

Many of you reading this may know that this photo is at
Port Townsend, Washington, where the 1937 Tacoma-built
Western Flyer would spend 8 years in magnificent restoration
 by the Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op. At this time
she is in Ballard (Seattle) undergoing the installation of
electronics and her hybrid-diesel propulsion!

Be ready for her impending return to Monterey;
to her new Home Port, with a life and detailed history
you should know as much as possible about—from where
the Western Flyer is authoritative history — as you
may see some of it deeper in this website. But the
only way you'll have the most complete history
anywhere of the Western Flyer is this 5th Edition of


Please scroll below slightly to order.


April 23, 2023
Are you ready for the
Return of the Western Flyer?

The restored Western Flyer is heading south soon
from Seattle to home port Monterey!

Cannery Row and Monterey have been
waiting since this Herald headline in 1984:

 Monterey historian Bob Enea was responsible for the search and discovery
of the re-named Western Flyer (to Gemini in 1970). This news story did not
include him in its composition.

from the maritime Pacific Northwest to home port Monterey

FROM THIS: The Gemini (Western Flyer) raised after 2nd sinking at Anacortes, Washington  June 24, 2013

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TO THIS: Restoration completed at Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op  June 29, 2022

WF out of the barn
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  Hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system installation under way at Snow & Company, Seattle  


                                                                                                                                       MK Hemp photo

The organized chaos of nearing completion...for  her maritime Pacific Northwest departure to Monterey

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Western Flyer departure from Ballard (Seattle) Washington in a matter of weeks

Be ready: Get the Book!
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Stand-by for our announcement of the departure and its (Unannounced yet) destinations
If you are not already part of our e-mail program
e-mail your address for notification)


(Past Event)

On March 14th, 2023, the Western Flyer Foundation will present another program
to bring you up to date on the saga of the Western Flyer, plans for her future,
and an estimated date of her return to Monterey.

A Bit of Background


Happy Steinbeck's Birthday
(February 2, 1902 - December 20, 1968)

John Steinbeck's Birthday gift to you
is the approaching date of the arrival
at Monterey of the Western Flyer upon
return to her new home port of  Monterey.

Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts "Ed Head"
Detailed news of the return of the Western  Flyer to
Monterey can be found at the Western Flyer Foundation
site along with a load of info and photos of the progress
of the restoration of one of the world's most famous boats.

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Get Ready!

The now world-famous Tacoma-built Western Flyer was chartered
in Monterey by John Steinbeck in 1940 for a scientific expedition
to Mexico's "Sea of Cortez" with his closest friend and mentor,
pioneering ecologist marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts.
It was also an escape from the backlash from Steinbeck's expose
of California's agricultural industry in "Grapes of Wrath."
The co-authored book from that journey became a heralded
anthem of ecological consciousness and the new holistic view
that humanity is interconnected to nature and its protection.

None of it could have been accomplished without a stout
Croatian-build Tacoma purse-seine fishing boat which has
emerged from an 8-year restoration at Washington state's
Port Townsend Shipwright's Co-op, and very soon from
Seattle technical expertise of the Snow & Company
installation of a revolutionary hybrid propulsion system.

If you have not heard about any of this topic or have been
unaware of what a cultural, marine sciences, literary, and
historical accomplishment is about to happen at any time...

You need this authoritative one-of-a-kind book. Now:
by a historian-scribe and researcher connected to its identity,
historical, maritime, ecological, literary, and inter-cultural
 legacies since 1983. With credit to invaluable sources and
colleagues like Bob Enea of Salinas, California, on his uncles
 Croatian skipper Tony Berry and deckhand Sparky Enea; and
for his decades of dedication in locating the Western Flyer
...and assuring its survival.

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ISBN: 978-0-941425-06-3   (5th Edition since 1986)

See special offer below!


The Western Flyer Foundation is preparing to return the
Western Flyer to its home port of Monterey this spring.
Click here to learn more and support the debut of one of
the most famous and certainly most celebrated boats
in the world.

November 9th, 2022 • Hopkins Marine Station •