Port Townsend,  John Steinbeck and the Mad Maggies

Port Townsend, John Steinbeck and the Mad Maggies

Special thanks to our friend and fan, Hap Smith ( Butch Engel and the Styx, Happenstance ) for sending these fun photos of himself in front of the The Western Flyer sporting a Mad Maggies T-shirt.

The Western Flyer is being restored in Port Townsend where we will be playing this weekend (September 2,3,4) at the 1st annual PT Deep Squeeze.

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About the Western Flyer:

The 72-foot vessel was built by Tacoma’s Western Boat Building Co. in 1937. In 1940, the seiner was chartered in Monterey, California, by American literary giant John Steinbeck and his friend Ed “Doc” Ricketts for a six-week biological collecting expedition that was the subject of Steinbeck’s 1951 book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.”

The story of the Western Flyer is fascinating and one more reason to check out Port Townsend.

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