Updated: 06/11/2018 02:41 PM | First Published: 02/02/2018 01:13 PM

Tribute to Cornelia Marie Captain Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch




An American TV personality, Captain Phil Harris was well-recognized for his appearance on the Discovery reality series, Deadliest Catch. He was the integral member of the show until it’s sixth season. Unfortunately, he died at age 53 on February 9, 2010, due to intracranial hemorrhage.

Early Life

Phil Harris was born as Phillip Charles Harris on December 19, 1956, in Bothell, Washington. He started fishing with his father at an early age of eight. After completing his high school, he began crabbing on a boat named, American Eagle as an unpaid deckhand. 

Phil Harris is in his ship

Further, his dedication and enthusiasm towards fishing and boating led him to run a boat called Golden Viking and became the youngest boat captains in the Bearing Sea. 

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After his captaincy in Golden Viking, he purchased the boat from his partner Cornelia Marie, and her husband in 1990. The ship is unique in itself as it is the last crabbing boat designed by Elmo Horton

Phil Harris is smiling

Though he was already a captain, he got widely recognition after he and his fishing vessel Cornelia Marie was featured in the Discovery’s reality show, Deadliest Catch. The show showcased the activities followed by Phil in his boat Cornelia Marie.

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Captain Phil along with his boat, was first shown during the Opilio Crab of season one. And, after second season, he became a regular fixture of the show. Along with him, his sons, Jake and Josh also worked as a deckhand on his boat.

Phil Harris with his sons

During 2008 season of the show, he coughed up blood for several hours due to his smoking habit and was thrown from his bunk. After treatment, it was determined that he was suffering a pulmonary embolism. The condition made him stop fishing for a whole year. During that time, he launched his coffee brand, Captain’s Reserve, which got a wide exposure by 2011.

Due to his health, he was only making occasional appearances in the show’s fifth season. But he made his official return to the show in it’s sixth televised King Crab season.

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Throughout his career, he has accumulated some serious cash. He has a net worth of $2 million. Besides, he also owned a Harley-Davidson and a Chevy Corvette.

What happened to Phil Harris?

In 2010, while offloading crab at St. Paul Island, he suffered a massive stroke. Immediately, he was flown to Anchorage for surgery and was placed in an induced coma to reduce intracranial pressure and swelling. After the treatment, his health condition improved and he was out of coma. Despite improvements, he could not make it and passed away on February 9, 2010, from intracranial hemorrhage. 

Phil Harris is in his blue T-shirt

He half ashes was cremated in a Harley Davidson Motorcycle gas tank with the remains of his mother. And, the remaining were spread at sea by his family.

In his memories, his sons stated, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad -- Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For the crew and us, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”

The show also aired special tribute episode on July 20, 2010, featuring Captain Phil Harris death. Though he was single at the time of his death, he was previously married to Mary Harris from 1982 to 1991.

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Phil's son is taking the wheelhouse of the Cornelia Marie from season 14

Phil Harris' eldest son, Josh Harris is back on the show as the Captain of Cornelia Marie. The boat which was missing in the season 13 of the show, is back on the sea in the season 14. Captain Josh, along with Captain Casey McManus and the entire F/V Cornelia Marie are all buckled up. 

Josh Harris poses with his brother Jake Harris.

After making an appearance in the show as a deckhand, he already secured a place in the hearts of many and is one of the most-admired casts too. He took the ownership of the boat after the demise of his father and spent a million to overhaul the fishing vessel. 

While, he is struggling to take the boat to its former glory, his brother, Jake Harris is is still busy to fix things in his personal life after substance abuse and other issues.

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Transcript

He was born as Phillip Charles Harris on December 19, 1956, in Bothell, Washington.

He started fishing with his father when he was eight, and crab fishing after high school.

He started out as an unpaid deckhand, but by quickly proving his worth, he became one of the youngest crab fishing boat captains on the Bering Sea at the age of 21.

He married an exotic dancer, Mary in 1982 and had two sons with her, Jake and Joshua before their divorce in 1991.

His sons worked as deckhands on his ship, ‘Cornelia Marie,’ which was featured in the first episode of ‘Deadliest Catch’ beside FV Maverick.

During a storm in the 2008 season of the show, Harris was thrown from his bunk and coughed up blood for several hours before seeking medical attention.

The doctors later determined that Phil had suffered a pulmonary embolism, which prevented him from fishing for a whole year.

He was always seen smoking cigarettes in the show, and that added to his health woes.

During his time off fishing, he developed a line of coffee, ‘Captain’s Reserve,’ which began national expansion in January 2011 and went global the same year.

His sons, Jake and Josh, have been promoting the brand and expanding their family business.

Though he was making occasional appearances in the fifth season, he made his official return to the show during the sixth televised King Crab season of the show. 

On January 29, 2010, while offloading crab at St. Paul Island, he suffered a massive stroke after which he was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

He was placed in an induced coma to reduce intracranial pressure and swelling; everything seemed okay when he awoke from his coma after his condition improved.

According to his doctor, he was able to talk, squeeze hands, within days, which would have taken months for normal stroke patients.

However, Phil Harris passed away from intracranial hemorrhage on February 9, 2010.

Captain Phillip Charles Harris was cremated, and half of his ashes were buried in an ornately painted Harley Davidson motorcycle gas tank with the remains of his mother.

Owned a Harley-Davidson and a Chevy Corvette.

The remainder of his ashes was spread at sea by his family.

Phil was always seen building Bird Feeders and Birdhouses when he wasn’t fishing or filming for the show.

A memorial service to Phil Harris was hosted by Discovery Channel along Seattle’s waterfront on Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 on April 30, 2010.

Rest In Peace! Captain Phillip Harris 

Name Phil Harris
Best Known For Deadliest Catch
Marital Status Single