The 15th season of Discovery’s hit documentary series, Deadliest Catch premiered on April 9. The season started from Dutch Harbor, where the crew collected gears and met up for the brutal Bering Sea crabbing season ahead.

The show welcomed a new boat and a new cut-throat captain this season. New to the crabbing fleet is 148-foot-long F/V Southern Wind helmed by “no-nonsense” Captain Steve “Harley” Davidson. Neither Discovery nor the show has revealed much about the new captain, except that he is the captain of the second biggest boat (first one being Captain Keith’s F/V Wizard) and he doesn’t get along with anyone.

So, who is Steve “Harley” Davidson?

Early Life

According to a small biography on, Steve was born in Los Angeles. He is the oldest of 5 kids. He has 3 sisters and a brother. Steve, along with his family, moved to Washington when he was just 10. He used to work at his parents’ billiard when he was young. After completing high school, he joined a college on a football scholarship.

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Early Career and Nickname Story

Steve Harley Davidson smiling

He left college and got into the fishing business. His first job on a boat was of a cook. He worked on a fishing boat in Puget Sound, where he used to fix reels and sew nets. Steve got his nickname “Harley” because three or four guys on the crew were named Steve, so they decided to call him “Harley” as his last name was Davidson.

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Fishing Years

Early in his career, he had tried his luck on salmon fishing, but it didn’t work out. He then moved to Alaska for fishing. He went salmon fishing in Chignik Bay. After struggling to find a decent job, he moved around doing different dead-end jobs. During this time, he learned about crabbing and joined a crabbing boat. He learned the necessary skills needed for crabbing in Alaska. 

He was working on a boat named American Star, which later caught fire and sank when he was not on-board. 

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Captain Steve Harley Davidson's Southern Wind

He previously worked on F/V Cape Caution, which was once helmed by Captain Bill Wichrowski. Later, he got himself the F/V Southern Wind and became captain. Steve has been the captain of the ship for more than a decade. He is currently appearing on the 15th season of Discovery’s hit TV show Deadliest Catch. Steve is currently searching the sea with 1200 pots for a place, where he believes that a quarter billion dollars worth of crab is clustered in a single massive horde.

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Personal Life

Not much is known about his personal life, except that he was once married to a Norwegian woman and has a daughter.

Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.