FV Cornelia Marie

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Career United States Ensign
Name: Cornelia Marie
Owner: F/V Cornelia Marie, LLC
Operator: Derrick Ray (relief skipper)
Phil Harris (former Captain)
Port of registry: Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Builder: Horton Boats, Bayou La Batre, Alabama
Yard number: 255
Completed: 1989
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 198 GT
135 NT
Length: 128 feet (39 m)
Beam: 28 feet (8.5 m)
Draft: 11.70 feet (3.57 m)
Propulsion: 2x Mitsubishi Diesel, dual shafts

The F/V Cornelia Marie is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The boat is owned by Cornelia Marie Devlin (née Collins) and prior to his death, Phil Harris (who served as captain). Two of Phil's sons, Jake and Josh Harris, work on the boat as well. Her home port is Kodiak, Alaska.


The Cornelia Marie was built in 1989 in Alabama on commission from original owner Ralph Collins; she was one of the last boats built by Horton Boats. Named after Ralph's wife, co-owner Cornelia Marie Collins, she is 128 feet (39 m) long, 28 feet (8.5 m) wide, and carries 28,500 U.S. gallons (Template:Convert/impgal L) of fuel and 3,000 U.S. gallons (Template:Convert/impgal L) of fresh water.[1][2] The Cornelia Marie fishes for King, Tanner, and Opilio crab, and also does Salmon and Herring tendering. She features an aquamarine and white paint scheme with yellow banners bearing the ship's name.

Ralph and Cornelia Marie divorced, and Cornelia Marie took ownership of the boat. She eventually sold partial share to captain Phil Harris. His share is currently in possession of his estate.

The ship was seen (but not named) in background footage for the two pilots of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. It was selected for a camera crew for Season 1, in the 2004 opilio crab season, as partner vessel of featured vessel Maverick. The ship took part in the rescue efforts for the Big Valley, which sunk on the first day of the opilio crab season off Saint Paul Island, losing all but one crewmember. It became a featured vessel beginning in the second season, joining Maverick, Northwestern and Time Bandit, and later Wizard.

Captain Phil Harris

On February 10, 2010, it was announced that Captain Phil Harris had died the previous day. He had suffered a stroke on January 29, 2010, while in port off-loading at Saint Paul Island in Alaska[3] and subsequently died on February 9, 2010.[4] In the days following his death, any re-runs of Deadliest Catch were dedicated to Captain Harris.

Alaskan songwriter Britt Arnesen wrote a eulogy-in-song for Capt. Harris, released on the Cornelia Marie website.[5]

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