It was two years ago today that we lost the skipper of the FV Cornelia Marie. Capt. Phil harris passed away on February 9th, 2010. I think it is appropriate to mark this date on this website today and every year this site exists. Even though it’s been two years, I am still receiving emails every day from around the world as viewers of the show are just now finding out about the loss of Capt. Phil. Often, the email starts out “I hope you don’t think I’m strange but I feel sad even though I never actually met Phil…”. I don’t think you’re strange. If you have watched a lot of episodes of Deadliest Catch, then you’ve actually logged a lot of hours with another person who decided to let the cameras in to show the good, bad and ugly. Phil decided if he was going to do it, he was going to go all the way… so the cameras kept rolling. So, I would think it was strange if after watching you didn’t feel anything.
Just the other day, I met somebody for the first time and they quoted Capt. Phil to me. After talking about the current ice situation he said, “This ice goes up to the place where Santa Clause lives.”. Then he said another which I don’t have documented, “Most people start off stories with, ‘This is a true story’… fishermen start off with “This is no bullshit…’”. You can read all Phil’s quotes here and more about him here. What is your favorite quote?