DRAWING ON OUR HISTORY – A Book Review

 mg005Charles R. (Bob) Hitz    Bob’s posting # 14                  Jan. 3, 2014

For those of us who are interested in the history of the Pacific coast fisheries the recent book by James Cole, “Drawing on Our History – Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska” is a must for our libraries.

The book came out in 2013 just before Christmas.  I purchased a copy from Captain’s Nautical Supplies at their booth on the first day of Fish Expo, held in Seattle on November 20 to 22, 2013.  I find it a fascinating book and I will cherish it.

The Philips Publishing Group did an outstanding job in the design work, laying out the different art forms used by James Cole in presenting his story.  I found the profiles and deck layouts of individual vessels printed in black ink on blue pages pleasing, and assure you I will spend many hours going over the drawings in the months and years to come.  His watercolor illustrations at the start of individual chapters and the pen and ink drawings, along with selected photos throughout the chapters, begin to tell the history of the Pacific coast vessels, and finally reading the text brings the history all together.  Brown pages with white lettering are fascinating to read about his interviews and stories of vessels, and they can be found quickly and read individually as stories by themselves.

All I can say to author is that he did an outstanding job and many thanks for bringing this project to a wonderful conclusion.

          The book can be purchased through Captain’s Nautical Supplies, 2500 15th Ave. West, Seattle, (206) 283-7242 or www.captainsnautical.com.  Try your local book store since, I found it in our Snow Goose Bookstore in Stanwood, Washington and I am sure they could order it for you.  They can be contacted at the Snow Goose Bookstore, 8616-271st St NW, Stanwood, 98292, (360) 629-3631 or www.snowgoosebookstore.com. 

 

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About finleyc

I'm a writer and a historian of science. I'm interested in the intersection of science and policy in the oceans, and especially around fishing.
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