Pacific Sardines and the Western Flyer

The Western Flyer is perhaps the most iconic fishing boat in the Pacific, at least this side of the Pacific.  It was built in Tacoma to fish for sardines in California and would up in the Sea of Cortez with John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. The posts in this grouping deal with the early days of West Coast fishing, and the sardine fishery off California and the pilchard fishery in Oregon. Bob has written several posts about the design of the Flyer and its current fate (not good). These stories also link to Astoria trawler George Moskovita.

Best post here in Dr. Donald Gunderson’s, emeritus in fisheries at the University of Washington, and his comments on Steinbeck, the boat, and the fishery.

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