I wrote a Memoir dealing with my time on the Western Flyer – the iconic vessel used by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts for their trip to the Sea of Cortez in 1940.
“Chiefly between Kodiak Island and Cape Spencer, Alaska – a memoir of life on the Motor Vessel Western Flyer 1962-1963 and influences on a career in marine science” is published in Argonauta, the Newsletter of the Canadian Nautical Research Society August 2016 33(3):5-18. (copyright © CNRS/SCRN and all original copyright holders)
Here is the Memoir in PDF form
Visit the Argonauta website and link below to see the article in the Newsletter
I was interviewed by Kevin Bailey for his book The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015). Kirk Johnson from the New York Times also talked to me about my time on the ship. Kirk Johnson’s article gives a good description of how the old ship is being rebuilt as a marine training vessel.
(View the article)
Here are some websites that deal with the past, present and future of the vessel.