Elliott Bay Design Group's Jim Cole can now add book author to his long list of accomplishments in the field of naval architecture and marine design. The Naval architect and fishing vessel expert recently appeared at Seattle's Pacific Maritime Expo to autograph copies of his new book, "Drawing on our History: The Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest & Alaska."
Cole's book weaves a fascinating history of the evolution of fishing vessel designs unique to the Pacific Northwest, from the cedar fishing canoes and kayaks built by the Aleuts and other Native tribes to modern commercial fishing vessels including state-of-the-art freezer long liners delivered and launched in 2013.
"Drawing on our History" was a true labor of love for Cole, who for years, was conducting research for the book when his late wife Myrna, to whom the work is dedicated, encouraged him to finally complete it. His daughter wrote the forward. The cover features a design spiral that illustrates how all the various boat types are interconnected.
Jim Cole has more than 50 years' experience in the marine industry with extensive expertise in design, cost estimating and control for new vessel construction, conversions and retrofits. He has worked with a variety of commercial vessel types ranging from passenger and offshore supply vessels to research vessels and fishing boats. Cole joined the Elliott Bay Design Group in 1993, and today lends his considerable expertise to preparing cost estimates for concept, preliminary and contract designs.