From his Hollywood home, Errol Flynn copters to La Jolla's Scripps Institution of Oceanography for a few days. Inspired by the sight of a pod of gray whales, Flynn, his father (an oceanographer), and Dr. Hubbs from Scripts take Flynn's schooner, the Zaca, for a specimen-collecting trip down the coast, through the Panama Canal, and on to a southern port in Jamaica. Flynn's wife Nora joins them; his dad, Hubbs, and John Decker, an artist, turn the Zaca into a floating research lab. The Flynns take a raft for a day trip upriver to a Jamaican waterfall. There's an evening of dancing, then it's back to the sea. Written by
Did You Know?
The schooner "Zaca", featured in this film, was acquired in 1946 by Errol Flynn
, an actor famed for his "swashbuckling" roles in numerous movies. It is featured prominently in the Orson Welles
film The Lady from Shanghai
(1947). Flynn owned the yacht until his death in 1959. See more
Opening dedication: To Dr. Carl Hubbs, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California and to Professor Thomson Flynn of Ireland, my warmest thanks for your technical advice. Signed, Errol Flynn See more
Referenced in In the Wake of the Zaca