Trawlermen is a BBC television documentary programme focusing on the work of a number of trawler crews based in Peterhead. The programme is narrated by the actor Ken Stott.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Trawlermen - Phil Harris (fisherman) - Netflix
Phillip Charles “Phil” Harris (December 19, 1956 – February 9, 2010) was an American captain and part owner of the crab fishing vessel Cornelia Marie, which is featured on Discovery Channel's documentary reality TV series Deadliest Catch. He suffered a massive stroke while offloading C. opilio crab in port at Saint Paul Island, Alaska, on January 29, 2010. Despite extreme improvements in his condition, Harris died on February 9, 2010 at the age of 53, while suffering a pulmonary embolism in the hospital. The episode of Deadliest Catch featuring the Captain's death aired on July 20, 2010, followed by a special tribute episode.
Trawlermen - Career - Netflix
Harris started fishing with his father at age eight and after high school began crab fishing. He initially worked on a crab boat as an unpaid deckhand until he proved his worth. By the time he was 21 he was one of the youngest crab fishing boat captains on the Bering Sea. He had been captain of the Cornelia Marie for more than 20 years at the time of his death. From 2004 and until his death, Harris and his boat were followed by an embedded film crew for the series Deadliest Catch. The Cornelia Marie was first shown during the opilio crab portion of Season 1, as partner ship of the F/V Maverick. The Cornelia Marie was heavily involved in search efforts for the Big Valley after it sank. It became a regular fixture of the show from the second season on. Harris was thrown from his bunk during a storm in the 2008 season, and thought he had broken his ribs. He spent several hours coughing up blood until his sons and crew finally convinced him to seek medical attention and enlisted the film crew to watch his condition. Doctors later determined that he had suffered a pulmonary embolism. Medical treatment for this condition prevented him from fishing for almost a year. He returned for the opilio crab fishing season in January 2009. Some of Harris's sea stories were included in the book Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours. In 2008, Harris developed a line of coffees, “Captain's Reserve”, with blends named after fishing themes such as “Harris Family Blend” and “Midnight Sunrise.” Harris's chain-smoking, which was frequently seen on the show, added to his health woes.
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