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Daniel Berman   [save as a favorite?]
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Image © 2015, Daniel Berman || A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. After many failed attempts, the craft is being restored by Michael Hemp at a dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington. In 1940, Steinbeck and a small crew navigated the Western Flyer on a successful, yet sometimes ill-fated marine specimen collection expedition along the Gulf of California. The adventures served as inspiration for Steinbeck's prized non-fiction book, "The Log from Sea of Cortez." Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.
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Daniel Berman: Photographer: Daniel Berman Photography
Address: Seattle, WA 98107, US
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Backed into the southwest corner of a large, unassuming dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington is a vessel with plenty of history. Maybe you’ve heard of John Steinbeck’s book The Sea of Cortez? This is the boat that took him and his team on their epic, problem-laden-but-ultimately-successful tour of the Gulf of California, then in its prime 75 years ago.

Today, the boat has new ownership under John Gregg, a geologist who spent $1 mil to call it his, and will likely have to spend a similar amount to fully restore it. Still, he’s dedicated to getting the boat ship-shape. Other people have tried before yet failed to do so, starting and stopping the restoration process for one reason or another – often financial, sometimes personal. There’s much more to this story, well-told in a fascinating piece by Patrick Hutchison.

The owner was unavailable for a portrait, but his manager for the project is Mike York, a longtime Seattleite who spends most of the week working slowly but surely to coordinate getting this boat back to order. I got the call last Friday from Seattle Weekly to head up to meet Mike the next day. Port Townsend is a ferry ride and an hour and a half of driving, but I’m not complaining. It was nice to check out of town for the morning and cruise through the countryside. Eventually I arrived at the dry dock. I knew what the boat looked like from Google but it wasn’t jumping out at me. I asked around. Did anyone know the John Steinbeck boat? A few workers threw back sympathetic but unhelpful stares. I had one more area to check out and there it was, nestled between cargo containers, a forklift and a set of hand built wooden stairs reaching to deck height.

This, was the Western Flyer.

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Daniel
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The images below are from the portfolio of Daniel Berman. They are presented here for your viewing pleasure. These images may not be used elsewhere and are protected by copyright. To see these images, click on the icon and you will see a much larger image.
1 "Onboard The Western Flyer #1"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
2 "Onboard The Western Flyer #2"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
3 "Onboard The Western Flyer #3"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
4 "Onboard The Western Flyer #4"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
5 "Onboard The Western Flyer #5"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
6 "Onboard The Western Flyer #6"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
7 "Onboard The Western Flyer #7"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
8 "Onboard The Western Flyer #8"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
9 "Onboard The Western Flyer #9"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...
10 "Onboard The Western Flyer #10"
A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. Af...

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|| Daniel Berman's Work History:
Internships SeattlePI.com Washington, (2009)
Freelance New York Post New York, (2011 - Present)
The Age , (2012 - Present)
New York Daily News New York, (2012 - Present)
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii, (2010 - Present)
The Honolulu Advertiser Hawaii, (2010 - Present)
SeattlePI.com Washington, (2010 - Present)
The FADER New York, (2010 - Present)
Assisting Manuello Paganelli Washington, (2009 - Present)
Craig Mitchelldyer Oregon, (2008 - Present)
John Keatley Washington, (2009 - Present)
Andy Rogers Washington, (2012 - Present)
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