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.
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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