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.
- The Collapse of California Sardines and the Brief Rise of the Oregon Pilchard
(CF) Nov 14, 2009
- Oregon pilchards and California sardines
CF, April 29, 2010
- The Western Flyer, a part of Northwest fisheries history
BH, Dec 29, 2012
- The long, strange trip of the Western Flyer continues…
CF, July 12, 2013
- The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, the Sea of Cortez and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries
April 29, 2015. (Reviewed by Don Gunderson, this is a great post)
- The Western Flyer – Built as a Seiner
BH, Aug 28, 2015
- The Western Flyer – 2015 Wooden Boat Festival
BH, Sept 21, 2015
- BH, Western Flyer – Converted to a Trawler
Nov 13, 2015
- Colin Levings, The Further Scientific Career of the Pacific Flyer, April 20, 2017.
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