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Where Does The Cornelia Marie Go From Here?

May 25, 2011Comments are closed.

The Cornelia Marie has seen it’s share of troubles and this season is no different. Just last season, Captain Phil Harris passed away, leaving his two sons Jake and Josh struggling to find ways to keep keep their crew fishing and making money on the Cornelia Marie. This season, the crew aboard the Cornelia Marie have even more troubles now that a new captain has taken over.

On last night’s episode of Deadliest Catch, aptly called “Thick as Thieves,” Captain Derrick Ray goes on the hunt for drugs he is convinced Jake Harris is doing aboard the boat. Derrick goes into the engine room and after some searching, was able to find what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette and some air freshener. The angry Captain woke up the crew and proceeded to harass each and every one of them. Jake told Derrick that the dope wasn’t his, but Derrick didn’t believe him and even said he was “gonna go CSI on your ass!” and have the drugs fingerprinted. Frustrated by Captain Derrick’s aggressive attitude, the crew snapped and told the Captain they’re done.

That didn’t go over well.

Captain Derrick made the decision to call the cops and ask them to meet him at the dock when the boat arrived in port. As the boat rolled up to the dock, Jake hoped off and walked right past the waiting police officer. The officer met up with Captain Derrick who informed the officer that he believed Jake Harris was doing drugs on the boat (even though Jake passed two drug tests) and asked the officer to go after him. But, Jake was nowhere in sight.

As soon as Jake jumped off the boat, he headed for a diner, called for a cab, and headed straight to the airport. The officer eventually caught up with Jake at the airport and searched him, but found nothing suspicious on his body. When the officer asked Jake if he’d be willing to take a drug test, he said no. Jake told the officer he already passed two drug tests and felt Captain Derrick was harassing him. So, the officer let Jake go and returned to the boat where  Captain Derrick was waiting.

As you can imagine, the crew of the Cornelia Marie was not happy with Captain Derrick’s decision to go after Jake, but they haven’t been happy with how he treated the crew all season long. So, they all quit. With no crew, fishing season for the Cornelia Marie is over – for now.

Jake and Josh want to learn how to run the Cornelia Marie, a boat they co-own, but they need someone to teach them. They hoped Derrick Ray would provide them with guidance they so desperately needed and didn’t have time to get from their father before he passed away. But, that didn’t happen and now the boys and their crew are stuck.

The Cornelia Marie is a huge part of the Discovery Channel family and fans of Deadliest Catch want to see Jake, Josh, and the rest of the crew succeed and return for another season, but something has to give. The boat needs a new captain, someone who can teach Jake and Josh, offer support, and help these guys transition from life with Captain Phil to life without him.

We have a suggestion: The Hillstrands.

If you’re a fan of the show, you already know the Hillstrand brothers, Andy and Jonathan, run a fishing vessel called the Time Bandit. They are incredibly successful, but most importantly, they are incredibly close with Jake and Josh Harris. If you recall from last season, Captain Jonathan was  with the boys when their father passed away. It was heart-wrenching. It showed a closeness between the fishermen that fans had never seen before. As Captain Jonathan sat in the hospital with Jake and Josh, his brother Andy ran the Time Bandit. So, why not have Jonathan go onto the Cornelia Marie, teach the boys what they need to know, and pump new life onto the troubled boat?

It may not be a permanent fix, but it’s a fix nonetheless. Jake and Josh can run the boat, they just can’t run it yet. Maybe, with a little more training from the right person, they will finally be able live up to their father’s legacy and make new ones of their own.

As a fan of the show, I need to mention that I began watching Deadliest Catch because of Captain Phil and I continue to watch the show because of his sons. I believe watching Jake and Josh learn how to cope with the loss of their father has, in turn, helped fans cope with their loss too. Jake and Josh returned to the show with strength and poise that would have made their father proud. I hope to see the boys return again, and again, and again on future episodes of Deadliest Catch.

UPDATE 1 (5/26/11):

Entertainment Weekly has published an article about the feud between Derrick Ray and the Harris brothers. In the article, Derrick claims that Josh told him, “We’re not here to catch crab, we’re here to make TV and when we’ve made enough TV, we’re going home.” That sounds a little far fetched, but then again so are Derrick’s allegations that Jake used fake urine for his drug tests. Speaking of drugs, Entertainment Weekly says that “the cop (at the dock) was given permission to search Jake’s quarters on the Cornelia Marie and came up empty-handed.”

Jake wasn’t available for comment, but his brother Josh had the following to say on his behalf:

“I think he just didn’t want to deal with the hostility. I mean the guy was constantly attacking us. Jake’s not quite as strong as me. I don’t mind people attacking me verbally. You can only deal with somebody for so long when you’re in close quarters and they’re not willing to listen to anything. You kinda gotta just get out of the situation before it escalates into a worse deal.”

Josh also addressed how he feels about Derrick as a captain and as a “friend”:

“He claimed to be my dad’s friend and was supposed to teach us how to fish — teach us the right way, the wrong way, pick up where my dad left off. Instead, he’s out there bashing my dad and telling us how he did such a great injustice to us and we don’t know anything. In reality though, his numbers were off on fuel and he didn’t catch us crab. I think he’s bitter because he couldn’t do his job, so he’s just tryin’ to come up with any excuse in the book to try to push blame off on to somebody else,” Josh says. ”And as for this, we’re goin out and we’re just gonna be TV stars bulls—, that’s a guy that’s just trying to take any stab at us that he can. Obviously we’re out there to work. If we were out there to make a TV show, then I suppose we would have kept going and let the charade f—ing continue. We were trying to make money and keep the boat going. We’re not made of money. And unfortunately, he couldn’t find the crab. He wasn’t as good as he thought he was. He’s a legend in his own mind, in my opinion. We s—canned the guy, and so he’s still pissed off. He didn’t put on his big boy pants, like he always told me. I’ve seen a lot of excuses come out of a lot people, but he still won’t admit that he’s the one who couldn’t just catch the crab. Had we caught crab, things probably would have been different.”

As for what will happen on the Cornelia Marie in the future, there is still some hope. Jake and Josh will start captain’s school in June and hopefully they will be able to take over the boat themselves.

“I think the CM fans will be very pleased with the situation. Good things will happen,” Josh laughs. “The boat is still floating. We’re upright and breathing. And I still got all my fingers and toes, so everything’s going pretty good.”

UPDATE 2 (5/28/2011):

Captain Jonathan Hillstrand responded to questions about the possibility of captaining the Cornelia Marie. According to Jonathan, he actually offered to captain the Cornelia Marie, but was turned down. Apparently, Cornelia Marie Devlin, the majority owner of the Cornelia Marie, chose Derrick Ray – who was also Captain Phil Harris”s choice.

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Phil requested Derrick Ray cover for him captaining the CM. Cornelia and the boys stayed with Derrick, because he was Phil’s choice.


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I offered to help Captain the CM during Opies 2011, but Cornelia (who owns most of the boat) hired someone she was more comfortable with.
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I will always be here to help Josh & Josh.


What do you think?

Crew of the Cornelia Marie

Captain Phil Harris (RIP) with his sons Jake & Josh

The Cornelia Marie

Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand from the Time Bandit


28 comments to “Where Does The Cornelia Marie Go From Here?”

  1. Jay · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    I actually thought in the offseason they would go to the Hillstrands for help and either Andy or Jonathan would move to CM to teach them to run it. But, aside from that, I still don’t understand what Derrick accomplished by going after Jake like that. If he’s right, Jake needs help and that has nothing to do with a bad crab season. It was great TV and Jake didn’t help himself by heading to the airport but, when all was said and done, it didn’t do any good for Derrick, the crew or the CM.

  2. Crabber4Life · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    I am actually a Captain of another boat in the show ( try to guess which one! ) and I know alot of details that people that just watch the show do not know. I just wanted to ass that Cap’n Derrick is a total jerk and has a God complex. He knew the boys were firing his sorry ass when they got back to Dutch so the sorry bastard tried everything in his power ( which is obviously NONE, as was seen on the show last night ) to have Jake arrested purely out of SPITE. The sonofabitch Derrick should not be allowed to captain on of those free submarines that you add baking soda into that you used to get free in a box of cereal. The Cornelia is not his boat and he is not the kids father. If I see him ( Derrick ) on the docks in Dutch I am going to show him what a real BULLY is. The same way I did to another Capn’ on the show a few seasons ago ( if you know what I mean hehe ).

    J.H. ( T.B. )

    • Twisted News · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

      If you are who we think/hope you are (wink, wink)- then we love you! Thanks for reading the article and we agree – Derrick is a sonofabitch! Would you ever consider teaching Jake & Josh how to run their boat? As a temporary co-captain?

    • Clint · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

      You go Jonathan!! I couldn’t stand that a**h*** from the start! He wasn’t even on the boat for an hour, and had a problem with one of the crew! I think you should go to the Cornelia Marie, and show them how it’s done.

    • Clint · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

      You go Jonathan!! I couldn’t stand that a**h*** from the start! He wasn’t even on the boat for an hour, and had a problem with one of the crew! I think you should go to the Cornelia Marie, and show them how it’s done.

      They should have keelhauled Derrick the first time he insulted Phil! then cut the lines!

    • Ember · July 3, 2011 · Permalink

      I hope to God you’re Johnathan, cause you’re smokin hot and my kind of man. I would love to meet you. I live in Oklahoma City and we have some awesome casinos. I’m a nurse and I can take very good care of you….lol. You and your crew stay safe. The Time Bandit is my very favorite boat. And I’m alot like you and Andy. Andy and I have horses in commom. I was riding before I was ever walking. I also like Sig and his crew. The only captains I don’t like is Keith, he’s a jerk and Elliot. They’re not good to their crew like you are. Oh, one more thing, when you threw all those eggs at the Seabrooke, I laughed till I tears were running down my face. That was the best EVER!!!!

      Take care,

  3. Edouble · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    I am only an observer, an avid one at that, and I respect EVERYONE of those guys on the show and in the industry.

    I don’t really think that Jonathan Hillstrand would REALLY go on this site and mispell a bunch of words and put himself, his crew and family business on the line with the above and alleged claim of being “JH” from the “TB.” If I’m wrong then I sncerely apologize, but I don’t buy it.

    Second of all, I know producers of shows REALLY over dramatize each situation to, ask the late, great captain Phil said, “to tell a story…”

    Third, I do believe the “story” they (the producers) told was actually more accurate than not. This is a captain (Derrick) that has over 20 years in the business. He’s won awards and is HIGHLY respected in his industry. He has probably seen it all and then some. This sitation is NO different. He didn’t HAVE to take the job and didn’t seem to be a “glory hound” nor have a “God complex.” He simply was put in an extemely volitile and delicate situation being it the first season without Phil.

    Those boys were EXTREMELY spoiled when it came to their father’s love. That’s not a bad thing. The bad part is they carried it over on the boat with (not so much Josh) this “I own the boat so screw you” mentality.

    I am POSITIVE that Derrick spotted the drug use in a recovering addict Jacob Harris, and when Jacob KNEW he was caught he made arrangements, probably when the boat was closing in on Dutch, to get outta Dodge ASAP. If MY reputation were on the line I would have NO problem in taking unlimited drug tests to clear up ANY issues. Those that have nothing to hide don’t resist the issues.

    But that’s just me.

    • Ouagadougou Kid · May 25, 2011 · Permalink


  4. ouagadougou kid · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    Each boat is a business. Those boys do not need to run the boat as bad as they need to run the business. As an international businessman I give them a snowball chance in hades of getting their act together and moving forward. No matter who helps them they have to WANT to succeed. I am certain that everything that happened has not been shown as it is not in Discoveries best interest to balance the dealings on the bearing sea. Their job is to make you and I want to watch the show week after week. After all, they are good businessmen.

  5. Becky · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    I am a drug councilor and believe Jake Harris is again using drugs. As a result he will do and say anything (denial) to hide his addiction. His rush to the airport (with no luggage) at the sight of a police officer is the act of a person who wants to avoid detection for drug use. All Jake had to do was submit to a drug test but he deflected the officer’s request by claiming he was being harassed. This is a common ploy by addicts to avoid detection. Unfortunately Jake has a crew of enablers who for one reason or another have blamed Derrick Ray for the problems on board their ship. Until Jake takes responsibility for his behavior he will continue to pose a safety risk for himself and crew mates.

    • Joe B. · May 30, 2011 · Permalink

      I can see some sense in what you are saying…but as someone who has been bullied by a “boss” I can also see the extreme measures of wanting to get away from that person at all costs. Jake is accused of drug use, Derrick Ray says bad things about Jake and his father. I could see Jake wanting to flee the situation and the easiest way would just be to run as soon as he got off the boat and get as far away from Derrick Ray as he could possibly get. Jake doesn’t live in Dutch Harbor, so what did he leave behind? A few changes of clothes…maybe some books, DVDs and CDs? Without being there, it’s impossible to really say what was going on because I’m sure Discovery edited everything for the maximum dramatic effect.

  6. gordangrandpa · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    I agree with you totally! Jake should be so embarassed by his actions and then trying to run away! He should stay on the plane to a far, far land! He should never get back on a FV.

  7. Wrangler · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

    First: It would be great for Jon Hillstrand to come over during opillio and Andy for Kings to teach and run the boat until someone they approve of takes over as Captain. Josh, who has the more level head, should come off the deck and work with the engineer and get hands on in the wheelhouse. The Hillstrands have a great attitude on the TB and it would be great for it to spill onto the CM especially right now.
    Second: Derrick’s actions withstanding (they sucked. You don’t come into someone else’s house and try to run things like a supreme dictator. There was definately lack of respect), Jake sneaked off the boat. That does not make him look very innocent of being drug-free (at least while on the boat).
    I am glad that Derrick is gone as his style of captaining does not fit the CM in any way and I hope to all get out that the CM can come out of the ashes and become profitable again. Please don’t let the boat die with Phil. Help it survive. It has become a symbol for so many people.

    • Twisted News · May 25, 2011 · Permalink

      Very well said Wrangler. Thanks for commenting :)

    • Brenda · May 26, 2011 · Permalink

      I watch deadlist catch, every season, the CM was my favorite boat,I think jon hillstrand should help the boys since I think that Jon was Phils best friend, the way it seem to me, when Phil die, I cryed right with them, I also like the rest of the boats to, but phil was my best.

  8. bob · May 26, 2011 · Permalink

    Question. When is a drug addict lying?
    Answer. Whenever he opens his mouth.

  9. Brent · May 27, 2011 · Permalink

    The bottom line is that the boys turned to what they thought was the answer. Surprising it was not the Hillstrand brothers. However; regardless of awards, experience (20 years), past glory the boys needed the pots to have something in them. This was just a bad situation. Derrick was a bad fit and yes the boys are spoiled. maybe if the pots were full the crew wouldn’t care if Derrick cursed them up one side and down the other. Similar to the other boats…who were pulling crab (the veterans with awards, experience and respect).Expectations were high and patience short. Yeah Jake was smoking pot and hauled butt out of there…obvious. Cops??? Mixed on that call. Yes the Hillstrand brothers would be a good fit. I still see tough love, but they get the job done and pull crab. Josh and maybe the same crew stay on…Jake needs help and the boat is not the place for it. Sad, but true. It’s a business and we all love the CM and cherished memories of CPT. Phil (RIP). Not an easy fix for the CM but it would not be the same without it. IMO we would all trade the Rambling Rose, Wizard, Kodiak and that other guy for just one CM pulling out of Dutch Harbor again. :)

    • Candy · May 30, 2011 · Permalink

      I have to agree. I am not happy with the new boats that they have on the show now and wish that someone would jump in and help the boys succeed. I have watched the show since it first aired and I can relate to Jake and Josh in many ways. I know what it is to be addicted and the struggles of staying away. It can be done though. He needs to be loved and dealt with in a loving way. I think that the Hillstrands are the answer for them.

  10. 46akborn · May 28, 2011 · Permalink

    There is such as forgiveness but the captain is trying to protect his butt but thats life. every drug user can be forgiving if she/he can go thru treatment and can go with their lives. it is real. it is up to that person is to forgive and to forget and to have that person to go thru treatment. if the capt. is trying to destroy and too protect his butt. thats natural. it is up to the judge to decide becaue it is THE DEADLIEST CATCH….and people die.

  11. HG · May 29, 2011 · Permalink

    Jake is a lair! Josh needs to wake up and tell the little twerp to stay in rehab until he is off the drugs. Jon or Andy would be a great addition to the CM to train Josh. I am not sure Jake is worth the time and effort. Capt. Phil would kick Jake’s ass off the CM.

  12. Shannon Davis · May 30, 2011 · Permalink

    You are an awsome person. No matter how bad things get you and your brother Andy know how to make the best of things. I think that you or Andy can teach Jake and Josh how to be the crabbers we all know they can be. God bless you all and stay safe out on the Bering Sea. We aren’t ready to loose any of yall. Love you guys. Keep safe!

    Love Always,
    Shannon M Davis

  13. Kevin · May 31, 2011 · Permalink

    I have been a G.M. for quite awhile, probably in my field as long as Derrick has been in his field of work. Drug use is just as Derrick stated “zero tolerance”. Although addicts have a tendency to lie they are people, just like non-users. Derrick, although I agree with his position, should have dealt with the issues with Jake in a more discreet manner, as to make sure dirty laundry would not air. I cringed during this episode, which makes good t.v. I still respect Derrick as a captain, just not a tactful minded rehab counselor. He is not there to baby, which he did not do. He is there to catch crab, which he did not do. 8 days or so was not enough time though, we saw other ships stay out for weeks before success came. These young offspring of Phil’s, had presumed life would be easy and crab would be jumping into their boat. Life is not about being successful all the time, it is about choices we make in light of adversity and as a result how do we deal with it. This was a no win situation for all partys involved…all! Give them time off. Let them reflect if they want to be their own type of man or are they doing this because they felt as if they had to as an omage’ of sorts to their dad. I wish all the best in whatever endeavor they choose, whatever road they trod or sea/ocean they sail. Besy to Derrick, Josh, Jake, Cornelia and crew.

  14. westcoastfisherman · May 31, 2011 · Permalink

    I have fished all my life. I have been on many boats and different crews. Pot smoking was involved on almost every boat. It’s not a big deal. Its an easy way to relax between shifts, and doesn’t have the negative effects of alcohol at sea.

  15. cabojoe · June 2, 2011 · Permalink

    jake is a looser since day one with a drug prob ..how can he ever run a boat with out killing someone? Derrick had every wright ..the fans dont understand what it means to run a boat …there is a 0 tolerance…prob cornelia made the wright choice cuz the hillstrands have drug probs of there own…lol

  16. cabojoe · June 3, 2011 · Permalink

    I just see jake in the wheel house all kushed and pilled out in rough seas pulling pots ,running over bouys,tangled props loosing power and flipping the boat….best to save the kush for at home ..just my opinion….

  17. Smokin · June 6, 2011 · Permalink

    Crabber4Life You are so full of shit. You expect us to believe that the real Johnathan Hillstrand, whose hands are suppose to be rough from hard work….who admittedly has trouble typing…even when he is sober… took the the time to type 10 lines of copy, punctuated and capitalized… and did not say the “F” word once or even reference it….. Derrick has a “God” complex??? Did you forget an episode when you saw…who is it that told his son “you know what the difference is between God and a Captain????” ….hmmm. Who ever you are…I think it is funny that people actually believe it is you.

  18. Lori · June 15, 2011 · Permalink

    So, let me start by saying I loved Captain Phil. I liked Jake early on in the show, when he was still young and fresh but even before Capt. Phil died, you can see how much he’s changed. I never really cared for Josh. However, I enjoyed watching the dynamic of the family play out.
    That said, I think Derrick is also a bit of a jerk but you know so are CEOs, Judges, Presidents, and most people put in charge of managing any sort of business.
    I think he was in a no win situation because Jake and Josh are really irresponsible and have no business or management skills whatsoever. Do I think they can run the boat someday? Yes but only if they put in the effort to learn the necessary skills. I think Derrick was trying to teach that to them in some way but I think his approach didn’t work with them. If they don’t mature and become solid captains and businessmen, it is sad to say that Capt. Phil’s legacy will be going down the tubes.
    Just because crabbing is “in their blood” (such a nonstatement), only means they can be good deckhands, it takes knowledge, effort, maturity and skill to be a deckboss or a captain and unfortunately they both come across as being coddled. I mean really, could you see Edgar or Sig acting like this when they were there age? No, they already knew how to run their boat and were doing it.

  19. sorryitsover · July 27, 2011 · Permalink

    OMG! I love this show. Jake you will be fine just focus on the future and you not only look like my son but you act like him too. You have one of the hardest jobs on the world so if any of these CEO people wanna give it a shot in the bearing sea for 8 years let em and then see what they have to say. johnathon your just awesome!!! and josh you seem level headed you will be captain no doubt about it. seems to me jake and josh are getting along better too. GREAT!!!!! hated that.oh and edgar get back on the northwestern you are hot. saw the episode of cash cab with the four of you guys you are a smart man.

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