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The Western Flyer: Steinbeck's Boat, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries

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In January 2010, the Gemini was moored in the Swinomish Slough on a Native American reservation near Anacortes, Washington. Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the rusted and dilapidated boat was in fact the most famous fishing vessel ever to have sailed: the original Western Flyer, immortalized in John Steinbeck’s nonfiction classic The Log from the Sea of Cortez.

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Published March 20th 2015 by University of Chicago Press
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Donald Gunderson
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A rich blend of philosophy, ecology, history, and first-rate literature lies behind the unassuming title for “The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, The Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries”. Writer and marine scientist Kevin Bailey uses the odyssey of the Western Flyer to illustrate the exuberance that accompanies the exploitation of a newly discovered fisheries resource, the all-too common depletion that ensues, and the ongoing struggle to exploit natural resources in a sustainable w ...more
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Part maritime history, part environmental history & ecological survey of the Pacific fisheries, this book is a welcome supplement to the story begun in Steinbeck's book.

A small portion of the book represents a capsule history of John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts 1940 trip to the Gulf of California, immortalized in Steinbeck's first work of non-fiction The Log of the Sea of Cortez,
but it is also the history of one fishing boat before and after that famous voyage.

Bailey's tome not only details the tria
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