Western Flyer

Our experience with the 28kW BOLLARD generator as our auxiliary electrical power source has been entirely positive. The unit’s smooth and efficient operation, steady output and control features make for a reliable alternative to shore power.
Captain Paul Tate, Western Flyer

Paul Tate

Captain, Western Flyer

Project Details

Built as a purse seiner in Tacoma in 1937, the Western Flyer served many purposes under multiple names. Her most famous voyage was in 1940 when author John Steinbeck and his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered her for a six-week expedition to the Sea of Cortez to collect marine specimens and study marine life in the region. The experience of the expedition formed the basis for Steinbeck’s non-fiction book, “The Sea of Cortez,” published in 1941.

Over the years she changed hands and fell into disrepair before being purchased by John Gregg and was then lovingly restored by the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op. Once the hull was sound she was moved to Snow & Company in Seattle where work was finished. MER Equipment is proud to have built a 28kW marine generator that is providing power for this historic vessel and is part of its continued history.

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