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Captain Phil Harris - Fishermen's Memorial Plaque

Captain Phillip Charles Harris, skipper of the F/V Cornelia Marie of ‘The Deadliest Catch’ fame, passed away from a complications from a massive stroke suffered while off-loading Opillio Crab at Saint Paul’s Island in the Bering Sea on February 9, 2010. Capt. Phil’s name was added this year to the Memorial plaques at Fishermen’s Terminal in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Russell ‘Rusty’ Jennings passed away September 7, 2010, after being crushed in fish processing equipment in a freezer on board the F/V Siberian Sea. Michael D. Fitterer passed away March 16, 2011 of natural causes while on board a fishing boat in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Brian E. Sheldon passed away July 10, 2010, also a fisherman.

Fishermen's Memorial Statue at Fishermen's Terminal

Fishermen's Memorial Statue at Fishermen's Terminal

Clarke Sparks Hedges, Born 09.20.1970 - Died 01.12.2001

Clarke Sparks Hedges, Born 09.20.1970 - Died 01.12.2001

My nephew, Clarke Sparks Hedges, is also memorialized on these plaques, his name is last on the list on the plaque in the photo to the right. Clarke was lost at sea on January 12, 2001 while Sword fishing off Gloucester, MA. Captain Jonathan Hillstrand, of the F/V Time Bandit, was on another boat in the area when Clarke was lost and helped in the search initially to save him and then for recovery, but his body was never found. Clarke was a crew member aboard the F/V Time Bandit for over ten years. God bless those who down to the sea in ships, Psalm 107:1. Rest in peace.

 

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4 Responses to Captain Phil Harris – Fishermen’s Memorial Plaque

  • As I Finally got to see the ever Beautiful Plaque that our Darling Capt.Phil Harris’ name was on along with the others who had lost their lives as well Due to Bering Sea or from some other reason.I will Salute the Captains & as for the others I truly feel for all the Families for there loss of a beloved one.Capt.Phil Harris meant a lot to me & we were very close Friends on up to his Passing Away.I will forever miss this Very Sweetheart &Tough Gentleman At the same time.I still think of him every single day since he had left us.For his Family & Friends they “Too” will be forever be in my Heart, Thoughts,&Prayers.As for me I’ve lost A very true Precious Close Friend & My CAPTAIN as well.

    • I am sorry for your loss, Lori. He became part of the collective ‘family’ of America because of Deadliest Catch, and I’m sure many felt sad at this passing.

  • Rusty you were an awesome friend you will be missed dearly and never forgotten

    • Tom~ I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. We do miss our friends so much and thankfully they do linger in our memories…

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