As fans of Deadliest Catch, we’ve been watching the sad drama of Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie fade away before our eyes. we knew how the story ended and it didn’t make it any easier. Phil was one of the most likeable of captains. That doesn’t mean he was easy, sometimes he had to be hard to get the job done. He was most hard on his sons, Josh and Jake. Those boys kicked back, but in the end they knew he was trying to make them into men and crab fishermen. He loved those boys and they loved him.
One of the best interviews I’ve read is one by Kate O’Hare on Zap 2 News and Buzz, ‘Deadliest Catch’: Josh Harris shares memories of dad, Capt. Phil Harris. Josh tells how he got through those last few days with the help of good friend, Johnathan Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit.
“I tell you right now,” Harris says. “I would not have held together [without Hillstrand]. I would not have held together if not for this guy.”
Luckily for the Harris sons (FYI, since many have wondered, Harris says their mother came from Okinawa), Hillstrand had, only hours earlier, left his family boat, the F/V Time Bandit, in the hands of his brother, Capt. Andy Hillstrand, and decided to go off for some warm-water fishing.
“My vacation didn’t turn out how I planned at all,” he says.
“If it wasn’t for John being there,” says Harris, “I would have lost it. I can’t tell you how many nights I didn’t know what to do. I was so scared and confused, everything. I go to John. John is my best friend and my brother, family member, dad. That’s why, when I got into a fight with Jake, that’s who I’d go to.”
I hope you will click over and read the entire interview. So long Phil, it’s been good to know you….
If you are in or near Northeast Ohio, you can meet Johnathan Hillstrand this weekend, July 16 – 18, at the Painesville Party in the Park. He and his son, Scott, were there last year, and like last year Johnathan will be taking photos with fans and signing his book, Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs You can read about our experience meeting Johnathan and Scott in my previous story, Time Bandit at PPIP. We got the book, photos and shirt to prove it!Painesville Party in the Park – Ohio’s Largest Free Music Fesival 7 Richmond St.
Painesville, OH 44077
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