(SEATTLE) — Elliott Bay Design Group is saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jim Cole. Over the span of a half century, Jim distinguished himself as among the best in his field, demonstrating extensive expertise in the design of a variety of vessel types ranging from ferries, innovative tugs and his beloved fishing boats.
Jim earned a degree in industrial design from the University of Washington in 1957 entering Seattle's marine industry during the crab-boat boom of the 1960's, and gaining experience in Tacoma during the era of large tuna seiners. He would soon return to Seattle where he worked at Foss Shipyard for nearly 20 years. The latter half of Jim's career was spent at Elliott Bay Design Group, which he joined in 1993, and where he worked until his retirement in December of 2014.
A gifted marine artist and historian, in 2013 Jim published "Drawing on Our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska." The book, which weaves a fascinating history of the evolution of fishing vessel designs unique to the Pacific Northwest, earned him the prestigious Robert Gray Medal, from the Washington State Historical Society, their highest honor.
"Jim Cole was highly esteemed by all those fortunate enough to know him," stated Joe Pritting, president of EBDG. "Jim leaves behind a lasting legacy through a long and distinguished career, a loving family and an extensive network of devoted friends and colleagues. We are privileged to have worked alongside this remarkable man. His impact on our lives and the contributions he made to the industry will never be forgotten."