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Southern California man buys boat John Steinbeck sailed in Sea of Cortez

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Author John Steinbeck's "Log from the Sea of Cortez" was based on a voyage he took on the Western Flyer boat with marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A Southern California geologist, John Gregg, recently purchased the Western Flyer - the boat used by John Steinbeck in his voyage of the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts.

Steinbeck's 1951 nonfiction book, "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" was based on his experience with the boat, which has gone into disrepair for decades and was set to be chopped into pieces and displayed in a restaurant.

John Greggs stepped in a few weeks ago to purchase the boat. He plans to restore it to its former glory, bring it back to Monterey Bay and use it for educational purposes, possibly to recreate Steinbeck and Rickett's original journey.

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