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After The Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck's Later Fiction

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Title: After The Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck's Later Fiction
Authors: Moulun, Renee
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: It was not because of a boat shortage that amateur marine biologist, John Steinbeck, had a tough time finii.ng one for his scientific expedition. In 1940, the sardines still came to Monterey, and Monterey had an impresisve fleet of sardine boats that would have been perfect for Steinbeck's expedition. Steinbeck and his friend, professional biologist Ed Ricketts, needed the sardine boat to get down to the Gulf of california, otherwise known as the Sea of Cortez. They were going to collect marine invertebrates in this scarcely documented area, in a sardine boat with its large roomy hold, perfect for storing specimen jars, was what they needed. To the bemused and disbelieving fishennan, Steinbeck and Ricketts were sailing for dangerous, badly charted waters in order to collect worms and bugs. I twasclearly nonsense. The search for a boat became long and harrowing, but ended successfully when Steinbeck found the Western Flyer. Her skipper, Tony Berry, did not shock easily; he had dealt with salmon tagging scientists before in Alaska, arrl he was used to nonsense.
Pages/Duration: 44 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31701
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