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The Western Flyer, 1940-2023:  What it was and what it will become

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
7pm PT

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Hopkins Marine Station, Izzie Abbott Boatworks Auditorium
120 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3094

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In 1940 John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts climbed aboard the Western Flyer and embarked on an epic journey of science, discovery and friendship to the Sea of Cortez. The boat itself, sometimes called "the most famous fishing vessel ever " sank in Puget Sound 70 years later, but has recently been restored, returning to Monterey Nov. 4. In September, Professor William Gilly and Dr. Susan Shillinglaw taught a Stanford class "Discovering Monterey Bay through Oceanography, Ecology and Literature." That field course conducted at-sea testing for Western Flyer's new educational and research programs. Professors Gilly and Shillinglaw will discuss the course and the boat's history.

This event is hosted by the Friends of Hopkins Marine Station.

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