The Port of Port Townsend is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate.
The 76-foot boat's original name was the Western Flyer. In 1940, John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts (who later inspired the character "Doc" in Cannery Row) chartered the wood vessel for a cruise around Baja California. That resulted in a book still widely read, The Log From the Sea of Cortez.