One year ago late last night, Discovery Channel released a statement announcing that Deadliest Catch captain Phil Harris had died. Now, the show’s remaining captains–who are back after several of them quit over pay last summer–say that their time on the Bering Sea is quieter, although Phil’s sons Jake and Josh Harris are on board the Cornelia Marie.
For the anniversary of Phil’s death, Discovery is encouraging people to change their Facebook pictures, and has provided several images to use.
Northwestern captain Sig Hansen told People, “Something is definitely missing. You can feel it everyday out here. There’s no more fun radio chatter among the boats. Phil was known for his colorful commentary about storms, crew life — whatever was on his mind. Our boat-to-boat radio was like The Phil Show. He always kept us entertained and now that is all silent.”
Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand said, “We try to make up for his loss by getting on the radio and giving each other shit, since Phil was a master of that.” But he said that when he sees Jake and Josh still on their dad’s boat, the Cornelia Marie, “you feel like a part of Phil is still here. He was a great dad to those boys and now the fleet is all behind them, there for them to support and guide them.”