John Steinbeck boat undergoes $2 million makeover

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A boat made famous by John Steinbeck’s “The Log of the Sea of Cortez” is getting a $2 million overhaul after having spent about a year underwater.

The Western Flyer was salvaged from La Connor Channel in Washington and hauled to Port Townsend, Wash., where restoration work is getting started.

“There she is. You can see she’s a little caved in there,” Peter Quinn, a Steinbeck fan and the owner of Port Townsend’s Imprint Bookstore, told KOMO News.

“The Log of the Sea of Cortez” was a 1951 Steinbeck non-fiction book that chronicled the sea and nature during a 6,000-mile voyage with scientist friend Doc Ricketts. Steinbeck rented the sardine fishing boat and had it sailed to Mexico. The boat was built in Tacoma, Wash., in 1937.

The restoration is expected to take about two years.