Deadliest Catch’s F/V Cornelia Marie captain Josh Harris, 33 has had a baptism by fire on the long-running reality series set square in the Bering sea.
Back in 2013, Harris, the oldest son of the late Capt. Phil Harris, became a father and a boat captain.
Harris’ shock death from complications of a stroke in early 2010 set the tone for Josh and his brother, who went from party boys to responsible family men overnight it seems. But it was not an easy path.
Jake Harris publicly struggled with substance abuse before and after his dad’s death while Josh had to shore up the financing to gain the Cornelia and make a go of it.
In 2013, Harris even co-authored (with brother Jake and writers Steve Springer and Blake Chavez) a book about dad Phil, called “Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad.”
Harris spoke to Monsters and Critics about tonight’s episode, which features a big storyline with Josh.
Monsters and Critics: This Cornelia got an overhaul. Does this make your job easier this season?
Josh Harris: Cosmetically yes, and I am happy with the other changes. The boat interior and exterior look much better. The new equipment overhaul eliminated a lot of the stress worrying about mechanical failures.
M&C: Losing a dad is rough and you did it publicly. What are the things that make you recall your dad Captain Phil Harris?
JH: Of course! Daily, always… I think of my dad every single day – the things he said always replay in my mind and even the crew remembers him and what he said, too. He was the greatest.
M&C: Name the hardest part of your gig…
JH: The hardest, toughest part is dealing with the elements, mother nature. You never know what she’ll throw at you.
M&C: If you were to give advice to anyone considering this as their vocation, what would it be?
JH: Education…incredibly important – you need to stay in school. If you plan on fishing…have a backup plan.