“Deadliest Catch” star, Josh Harris is stepping off the Time Bandit and onto his own boat, the Cornelia Marie. He is going to captain the same boat that his father, Phil Harris, ran until his untimely death in 2010. He confirmed the news on Sonoran Living Live. (See the video below.)
The two boys tried to keep the Cornelia Marie afloat, but just couldn’t quite manage the finances. They couldn’t find another captain that was like their dad. Derrick Ray ran the boat just before Phil passed away, but his career didn’t last long with the crew. He didn’t land on the crabs the first time out, and he found drug paraphernalia on the boat. The next captain, Tony Lara, ran the boat for Opie season, but the Cornelia Marie needed too many repairs and the boys didn’t have the finances.
Jake had personal problems that started before his father passed away. He worked for a year on the Northwestern and then took the next year off to get help with his drug addiction. Jake wants to be clean and sober so he can work with Josh on the Cornelia Marie.
Josh and Jake, along with journalists Blake Chavez and Steve Springer, wrote a book titled “Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad.”. The book has a four star rating on the websites Barnes and Nobel, and Goodreads. Josh became the proud father of a baby girl, Kinsley Ella Harris, born on March 7, 2013.
Josh and Jake were determined to get the Cornelia Marie back. Josh worked on the Time Bandit until 2013. He is now is taking classes to get his captain’s license so he can be the skipper of the Cornelia Marie for 2013 crab fishing.
Josh told Zap2it that the Cornelia Marie is on the water for herring tendering. After that, they’ll be out salmon tendering. One issue remains unsolved. Josh wants deckhand Freddie Maugatai to leave the Wizard and come work for him. We’ll have to wait to find out if he’s successful.
“The Deadliest Catch” airs on the Discovery Channel, Tuesday at 8:00 PM Central.
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