A piece of western Washington literary history heads back to sea

The Western Flyer was built in Tacoma and chartered by John Steinbeck when he wrote ‘The Log from the Sea of Cortez.’

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash — A piece of literary history is once again setting sail in the waters of western Washington.

The boat John Steinbeck was on while writing The Log from the Sea of Cortez is embarking on a new chapter.

The Western Flyer has been being refurbished in Port Townsend for the past nine years. Now, the 85-year-old boat is launching into Puget Sound once again.

The painstaking voyage back to the sea begins with a bulldozer noisily hauling

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