Josh Harris is following in his father’s footsteps by skippering the ship Cornelia Marie on ‘Deadliest Catch’ on Discovery Channel. The popular adventure series has returned for its twelfth season of danger on Alaska’s Bering Sea. Josh recently answered some questions about the Cornelia Marie and his father, which are included in this article.
In the episode premiering on Tues., April 19, 2016, Josh struggles to find Bairdi Crab. His co-captain, Casey McManus, is struck down by a nasty flu, so he is out of the wheelhouse and Josh has to take the wheel alone while trying to find the crab. A video preview of Josh at the wheel is attached.
Josh is the son of Captain Phil Harris, who passed away after suffering a stroke during filming of the series in 2010. Fans of the show mourned along with the captains and crews of the fleet.
The Cornelia Marie was in dire need of an overhaul, so Josh had the ship refurbished. The ship has gotten a complete overhaul, complete with a new engine room and electronics.
Updating the ship was an expensive venture and Josh had to sell the majority of shares to raise the needed money. This means that if this season is not a success, the investors might replace him with a different captain. The stakes are high for Josh Harris this fishing season.
Harris recently answered some questions in a Q&A session, as follows.
Q: This season your boat got a complete overhaul. Are you happy with the changes you made? Has it made crabbing any easier?
A: I am happy with the changes. Obviously the boat interior and exterior look much better. But having new equipment eliminated a lot of the stress worrying about mechanical failures.
Q: How often do you think of your dad, the late Captain Phil Harris? Is there any lesson that he taught you, that you still find useful today?
A: I think of my dad every single day. His sayings always replay in my mind. On a daily basis I find myself repeating things he used to say. The crew does it, too. I’m always thinking of him. He was the greatest.
Q: What do you think is the toughest part of your job?
A: The toughest part of the job by far is dealing with mother nature. You never know what she’ll throw at you.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining the ‘Deadliest Catch’ crabbing boats in the Bering Sea?
A: School is incredibly important – you need to stay in school. Anyone who considers fishing should have a backup plan.
Crab fishing on the Bering Sea is dangerous work, but it can be lucrative. Anything can happen in the daily lives of the captains and crews of the fleet.
This season’s captains include: Josh Harris of Cornelia Marie, Wild Bill Wichrowski of the Cape Caution, Keith Coburn of The Wizard, Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand of Time Bandit, Sig Hansen of F/V Northwestern, Sean Dwyer of Brenna A, and Jake Anderson of Saga.