The still shot above is from a video showing Josh on the phone looking for a captain to take his dad’s place. This scene was not aired on “Deadliest Catch”. This video clip comes from the an internet only series of videos called “Chasing the Catch”. These videos were all taken from and include the chase boat, the “FV Aquila”. This boat is owned by some great folks who have been good friends to the FV Cornelia Marie, thank you Kale and Anji.
As viewers of the show, it was really hard to watch a relief skipper come aboard the FV Cornelia Marie at the end of the last episode. That new skipper is Derrick Ray and he’s an old family friend of my mother, Cornelia and Capt. Phil. When Derrick landed in St. Paul to captain the FV Cornelia Marie, we thought Phil was going to make a long but full recovery. So, it was up to Derrick to step in and finish the Opilio season. This was a tough situation – to step on board during that time. Derrick said the crew was very upset and that they “were a train wreck”.
I couldn’t think of a better person to step in during that time than Derrick Ray. He’s a well known Bering Sea Captain with a big heart to match his talent as a great skipper.
Derrick started making money on the sea at a very young age. He was a deckhand on charter boats that plyed the waters off the Oregon Coast. Once high school was over he headed north to Alaska. Here, he worked on several boats before landing a job as a deckhand on the F/V Milky Way. The 76 foot Milky Way was then owned by my folks Ralph and Cornelia Collins. Derrick and I were both deckhands at the same time.
Derrick quickly established himself as a great fisherman. At the young age of 23, he skippered his first King Crab opening in the Bering Sea. An enormous undertaking for a young man, but one that Derrick handled well.
A lot happened on board the FV Cornelia Marie after Phil left. Most of it will not make it to television because of the limited time. I will write more to try and fill in the gaps. We appreciate everyone’s continued support of the Cornelia Marie family.