As news of Captain Phil Harris's
death spreads across the nation and overseas, an out-pouring of condolences are
being showered on the family and friends of the fishing captain.
The 53 year old captain of the fishing
vessel Cornelia Marie died this week in Anchorage.
He was hospitalized there following the stroke he suffered January 29th
while offloading his catch on Saint
underwent surgery in Anchorage
and was thought to be improving before his death on Tuesday.
well-known and well-liked by watchers of the Discovery Channel's show, "The
Deadliest Catch." Following news of his death, thousands of comments have been
posted to the Deadliest Catch website as well as the website of "The Cornelia
Marie." Harris lived in Washington State when he wasn't fishing for crab in the Bering Sea. Kodiak has long been the home port of his
fishing vessel which is owned by Cornelia Marie Devlin of Anchorage.
phone has been ringing off the wall since the death of Harris, her long-time business
partner and friend. Suddenly flung into the spotlight, Devlin said that she's
always preferred working in the background of their crab fishing operation. She
said that it was Phil who always knew what to say and who was comfortable "out
front." Devlin went on to say that she loves having her boat home-ported in
Kodiak and that Harris and the crew always enjoyed returning to Saint Herman's
harbor. She said that she appreciates the kindness that friends in Kodiak are
showing during this difficult time.
-- (Cornelia Devlin "Kodiak's
always ... was fishing.")
Harris will have more opportunities to see the captain at work in future
episodes of "The Deadliest Catch." Before his illness, Discovery Channel Film
crews were recording life on the Cornelia Marie for airing next season.