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Updated on November 30, 2021

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$29.95 plus Free Shipping; we pay the sales tax;
plus an authentic sardine canning label
(for a bookmark or framing)

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The History Company  

  P.O. Box 31, Wauna WA98329

Fourth Edition (CR 4.0)
Sample Pages


Buy before December 22nd, to ensure arrival before
Christmas due to delay and damage to the U.S. Postal Service.

Our special Holiday Season gift: No Tax and No shipping charges!

“CANNERY ROW, The History of John Steinbeck’s Old Ocean View Avenue
and Its Connections to the Pacific Northwest”

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 More on the Western Flyer restoration:

The Western Flyer at Boat Haven, Port Townsend, 2013 • Anne Shaffer photo • Coastal Watershed

One of the most recent restoration videos
at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

by Chris Chase of the Western Flyer Foundation.

(Click here)

(Earlier chapters are on YouTube Western Flyer)


(Dated post)

A 4th of July, 1970, memoir...


 I was Aerial Intel back-seat in an NKP OV-10 twin-turboprop
recon aircraft detached to
U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, on the Gulf of Siam
to open up aerial reconnaissance operations of Western and Central Cambodia
to determine enemy and friendly held territory.

Some not-so high altitude...


Other than drawing small-arms fire from Angkor Wat this day
the mission was pretty uneventful, with the exception of when
we passed over a remote fortified jungle outpost...


A Cambodian voice came up on a ragged radio frequency and said,
"Happy birt-day Amereecans for your country..."

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sardine bug

's Beloved Photo Archivist-Historian
Pat Hathaway
(March 28, 1948 - January 4, 2021)
of the renowned Pat Hathaway Collection of California Views
suddenly passed away from mysethenia gravis (an Agent Orange cause)
at home in Pacific Grove, California, on Monday, January 4, 2021.

This GIANT of Monterey and California history and culture
will be terribly missed for the contributions of his 80,000 archival images
to the visual historical record of the development and preservation
of the history of the Pacific Coast.

Hathaway at Lab
                                                  door (Hemp)

His Cannery Row archival legacy lives on:



From The History Company                                        From


[Archival post, 1970]
Take time out to thank a Vet on Veterans Day...
and fellow Vets: celebrate each other!

Capt. Monkey Hotel, NKP 1969-1970 
last mission day.
More on Bombardier's Lounge WWII Big Band Jazz

                                                          Monky Hotel
                                                          last mission



NEWS on YouTube
Chapter 29

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[dated post]
The History Company invites you to

also see STEINBECK NOW for detail.


The National Steinbeck Center "Inspired Talks" Webinar Series Premier

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October 8, 2020

can be seen on YouTube


Hope you enjoyed
 the Virtual
Global Festival

Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, 2020.

For Tickets, click here!


For a full agenda of the Festival, Click here.

Cannery Row historian Michael Kenneth Hemp
is featured in a 12:00 PM Steinbeck Roundtable

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with moderator Dr. David Wrobel, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
of the University of Oklahoma and National Visiting Steinbeck Scholar

Author, journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee William Souder
with his new Steinbeck book "Mad at the World,"


and distinguished historian and lecturer Dr. Carol McKibben,
author and professor of Urban Studies at Stanford University


12:00 PM Steinbeck Roundtable

For more information be sure go to


big deal

The Answer:
New research by The History Company unveils a major
new history for Washington State's Hood Canal, already famous
historically for its timber, oysters, striking natural beauty, and tourism.

A history with many shared connections with Cannery Row, Monterey.

Hood Canal photography by George Stenberg
The "Go To" photographer for all things Hood Canal

                                                        Washington &
                                                        Mt. Ellnor
Hood Canal sunrise
Mt.Washington & Mt. Elinor
Hood Canal Perfect

The History Company now adds original research, discovery, and confirmation of
Hood Canal's major West Coast connections to its new historical cousin,
"John Steinbeck's Cannery" Row at Monterey, California.


By Cannery Historian, Michael Hemp
By Hood Canal Historian, Michael Fredson
By Hood Canal Historian, Michael Fredson

Three special books about the importance of the Hood Canal
and its crucial role in the nearly annual 1930s marine biological
research expeditions to the maritime Pacific Northwest by
marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts (John Steinbeck's closest friend
and mentor) in his development and presentation of Ecology in
"Between Pacific Tides" published by Stanford University Press
 in 1939. It still remains one of the most popular books ever published
by Stanford University Press and is studied by students becoming
marine biologist even today. Hoodsport on the Hood Canal was the base
of operations from which Ricketts researched all over the maritime
Pacific Northwest.

The Hoodsport rental cabin-site location at the Gateway Inn,
now a salmon hatchery, has been located that Ricketts and his young
family occupied almost every spring-summer of the 1930s, with
the exception of one spring-summer at Tahuya across the Canal.
Collaboration of The History Company historian Michael Hemp
and Hood Canal historian Michael Fredson now make it possible to
discover and enjoy the until now an unknown and unappreciated
history of Hoodsport and the Hood Canal that now connects it to
the world-wide fame of Monterey, Cannery Row, John Steinbeck,
the Tacoma-built "Western Flyer" and the Sea of Cortez.


has a Special Offer for Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck
Cannery Row, and "Western Flyer" fans:

To begin this adventure or for more information
and to purchase any or all of these essential books.

 Click here


Restoration of the Western Flyer Update:

Restoration progress on the Western Flyer at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op at
Port Townsend, Washington, has been temporarily interrupted due to the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home
requirements, but work will resume when a safe pandemic re-opening is announced.
Chris Chase of the Western Flyer Foundation has released another in the YouTube series of
Western Flyer
restoration videos — Number 19! — that recaps some of the highlights of the
restoration progress videos to date. Treat yourself to a viewing of it on YouTube.
Or, better yet, subscribe to the videos to be kept up to date automatically.

red stern WF
                                                                                                                        Western Flyer Foundation photo
This image is from Episode 17 on YouTube.

The restoration process is a magnificent sight and a tribute to rare wooden boat shipwright
skills still alive in the Pacific Northwest. Be part of this major historic achievement; make a
donation at And if you can, make another donation to the restoration
of a historic vessel under restoration wherever you live.



The History Company and Cannery Row Foundation connections to the Western Flyer began with the
creation of the Cannery Row Foundation in Ed Ricketts' Lab in 1983. By 1984 the Cannery Row Foundation board
announced efforts to acquire and return the Western Flyer to Monterey as a working non-profit
historical and educational icon of Monterey and Cannery Row's sardine fishing and canning heyday.

Herald WF 1984


The Great Cannery Row Reunion
(May 1983)
at the creation of
The Cannery Row Foundation

"Coastings..." May 11, 1983


John Steinbeck's Birthday
(February 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968)

Monterey Herald, February 27, 1978

Kalisa at

The Queen of Cannery Row kept the Steinbeck & Ricketts
movement alive for decades before help arrived with her
annual "Cannery Row Steinbeck's Birthday Party" at Kalisa's
La Ida Cafe. Formation of the Cannery Row Foundation
was still 5 years away. More on this amazing woman
throughout this website.

Hope you had a wonderful Steinbeck's Birthday...
and sorry Kalisa's not there on the old Row to throw another
annual Steinbeck Birthday celebration upstairs in the
old La Ida Ida Cafe.
Some of you now know you were blessed to have been there
for one...or more.


A brand new history of
Cannery Row and the Pacific Northwest...

Cover actual size is 8.5" x 11"

foil cover 4.0

• The new silver foil stamped cover and trim of the expanded "CR 4.0"
• Cover design by Bridges Design Group, Los Angeles.

The Perfect New Years Gift for the Steinbeck, Ricketts, Cannery Row
and maritime Pacific Northwest history fans in your life.

$29.95 by PayPal (below) with free USPS Media Mail shipping.
Includes a free authentic 1940s sardine label as a bookmark.
Click Here for PayPal Payment Page * More purchase options below.


Speaking Engagements, News, and Events

AUGUST 1 - 2

Virtual 75th Anniversary Celebration of John Steinbeck''s 1945 "Cannery Row"...
Cannery Row historian; Steinbeck, and Ricketts authority; Featured Speaker and Program Consultant: Steinbeck Festival 2020 at the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California.

Interactive on-line STEINBECK FESTIVAL 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for information

Feb. 3


Cascade Club of Tacoma luncheon at the Tacoma Country Club, Lakeview.
"New Horizon for Pacific Northwest History" and Tacoma's role.
Feb. 20


Tacoma Yacht Club: Open to the Public—Admission Free. Cannery Row's Connection to the Hidden History of the Maritime Pacific Northwest, Ed Ricketts' development of Ecology in the PNW, John Steinbeck & the Western Flyer, "The Sea of Cortez," and historic Tacoma Waterfront as the "Birthplace of the Western Flyer."
Jan. 30

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Forum, at the Cottesmore, 2909 14th Avenue NW, Gig Harbor.
Jan. 26

HOOD CANAL'S NEW HISTORY at the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, Union, WA. Open to the Public. Mason County Historical Society Lecture.

MCHS Newsletter event review.
Jan. 8

Gig Harbor Kiwanis International Chapter 34
at Harbor Place at Cottesmore, 1016 29th Street NW, Gig Harbor.

Dec. 10
"The New History of the Pacific Northwest" at the Weatherly Inn, Highlands Parkway, Tacoma. 1:30 – 3:00 PM. Tacoma Historical Society Lecture Series.
Sep. 27
Mason County Historical Society presentation aboard the cruise of the Hood Canal from the Alderbrook Lodge at Union to Hoodsport, WA, and return aboard the "Lady Alderbrook."
Sep. 17
Fiero Marine Life Center and NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Speakers Series: John Wayne Marina, Sequim, WA. 6:00 to 7:30 PM followed by a "Meet the Author"and booksigning.
Sep. 9

Tacoma Historical Society Lecture Series:  University of Puget Sound, Tacoma. Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Center. 7 to 9 PM, with book signing. Free Admission.
Aug. 13
SEA Discovery Center (Poulsbo, Washington) of Western Washington University • speaking engagement 6-7 PM. Free. Archival PowerPoint premier of "Cannery Row 4.0"
• Announcing the publication of the expanded "CANNERY ROW, The History of Old Ocean View Avenue and Its Connections to the Pacific Northwest"

"Cannery Row 4.0" enters distribution; Special Offer direct orders; Click Here for CR 4.0 features and prices and for archival photo Power Point speaking engagements,


• The Spanish fish-packing history of what became Ed Ricketts' Lab, Pacific Biological Laboratories (by Robin Aeschliman)


• The newest Western Flyer Foundation ( YouTube
video of restoration of the Western Flyer by the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, Port Townsend, Washington.

E-mail or call (831) 236-2990 to book an Archival PowerPoint Speaking Engagement.


Cannery Row and Pacific Northwest History just got a lot bigger!

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Expanded Fourth Edition of Cannery Row's history book ("CR 4.0")

Incorporating current Pacific Northwest research on
Ed Ricketts and his 1930s and 1940s expeditions
to Puget Sound, northern shores of Washington,
the Strait of Jaun de Fuca, Vancouver Island, and
the 1932 voyage of the "Grampus" from Tacoma
to Sitka and Juneau, Alaska—in Ricketts' pursuit
of the research, observation, and collection of
marine biological specimens in his
 of his
pioneering vision and introduction of
today's ECOLOGY.

"But There's More!"

Included is original research on
the Western Flyer,
built in 1937 by Western Boat Building on
Tacoma Washington's waterfront and the rise of
this vessel to world-fame for her role in the 1940 voyage
to Mexico's Gulf of California, and the co-authored

"Sea of Cortez
A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research"

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(Published in 1941; Steinbeck's only co-authored work)

"As well as..."

The little known inter-relationship of the largely Croatian
Pacific Northwest fishing boat industry's production of
customized purse-seine fishing boats for Monterey's
predominantly Sicilian sardine fishing fleet, in a new
appreciation of yet another inter-cultural dimension
connecting Monterey-Cannery Row with the historic
Pacific Northwest.

Look for Cannery Row's familiar red history book
full of outstanding archival photographs from the
Pat Hathaway Collection in the expanded Fourth Edition
— easily identified by its new silver accented red cover.

A look at some pages in CR 4.0

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John & Ed
part 2
Western Flyer

With restored and enhanced archival photography from the Pat Hathaway Collection

"There is no other book like this"

Nowhere else is this on-going research and that of colleagues available
and integrated with the shared history, literature, maritime, and
ecological legacies of Monterey-Cannery Row and the
historic Pacific Northwest: a whole new tide pool!


Available direct from The History Company
(Tax, Media Mail, shipping & handling included!)

By check to The History Company
P.O. Box 31, Wauna, WA 98395

Priority Mail shipping & handling included!)


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Or get yours—and for gifts—on the Monterey Peninsula at:

Cannery Row: the Wing Chong Market and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Bookstore
Pacific Grove: Bookworks
Salinas: The Best Cellar at the Steinbeck House — and the National Steinbeck Center

or ask for it a your local bookstore!


And proud to be in-room for Cannery Row guests at

The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
The Spindrift Inn
The Monterey Bay Inn
The Victorian Inn


Announcing one of the new special features of the
new, expanded Cannery Row 4.0

"The La Esperanza Packing Company"

Robin Aeschliman's brilliant research on how her grandparent's
partnership in an ill-fated Spanish fish packing venture at
740 Ocean View Avenue resulted in the location of Ed Ricketts'
historic Pacific Biological Laboratories.

Click Here


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