The goal of the Western Flyer Foundation is to stir curiosity by providing rich and remarkable education, research, and creative opportunities aboard a historic vessel famous for carrying one of America's greatest authors on an extraordinary voyage of discovery.
In 1940, John Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and other literary masterpieces, chartered the fishing vessel Western Flyer. With his best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the author sailed to Mexico's Sea of Cortez on a six-week journey that yielded a pioneering book about the fledgling scientific disciplines of ecology and marine conservation.
We invite you to explore this website and discover how you too can help students, professional and citizen scientists, writers, and artists explore connections between land and sea, art and science, and people and nature. See firsthand how humanity depends upon and impacts natural systems by watching this video below.
The Western Flyer Foundation plans on serving children from across the west coast of North America, including Canada, Mexico and the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Our first goal is to restore the Western Flyer.
Aesthetically, she will look the way she did in 1940. While maintaining the historical integrity and “DNA” of the hull, the vessel will also be upgraded to exceed U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements. A state-of-the-art “green” electrical pro
Following restoration, the vessel will be sailed to ports along the Western coast of the United States and Mexico for educational outreach, working with ports and local maritime historical centers.
WESTERN FLYER FOUNDATION . 2726 Walnut Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Tel: 949-903-6873 Info@WesternFlyer.org