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+D C Cole crossing the Columbia Bar during herring fishery. Any info on builder and owner?
If the DC Cole was crossing the Columbia Bar in this picture, it was Sardine fishing at the time. It was built for Ralf Cole by Delta Marine in Seattle and named after Ralf’s father Del Cole. Del was the infamous salmon seiner on the Radio from Anacortes WA. back in the day. Ralf and son have proudly carried on family traditions.
Wow the DC Cole! I worked on that boat 20 years ago. Ralph is a hell of a captain and the DC was like riding in a Coup De Ville on the water. Linda his wife, always had breakfast ready and busted her buns working on deck as well. I learned how to play cribbage on that boat thanks to Ralph and Bid Zacker. I have a lot of great memories working for Ralp…. Thanks for the good times. I have a lot of pictures of the DC. I’ll muster them up if you want to see them.
Ralf had a heart attack on deck last season during a set. He is okay now though.
Yeah Ralph was the guy who ran for cover when skippering the Bobetta when the seiner Inventer (Ivan Suryan) was in trouble in a bad westerly off west beach on Whidbey Island. No respect for the man after that.
Too bad the Sea Comber wasn’t in here too.
Jeffery Martin was running the Babette with Ralph at that time and it was the PT. Defiance that ran ashore. The crew was less than 1/4 mile from West beach. Why give up 2 boats? Good call by the Captain.
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