Sig Hansen has been a star of the Discovery Channel’s "Deadliest Catch" from the pilot to the present. Seen in more than 150 countries, the show attracts more than 49 million viewers per season, making it one of the most successful series in the history of cable TV. With its daredevil camera work, unpredictably dangerous weather, and a setting as unforgivable and unforgettable as the frigid Bering Sea, "Deadliest Catch" is unlike anything else on television.
But the weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel “Northwestern” have stories that don’t come through on TV. For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendents of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens’ connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the “Northwestern” --- which was his father’s before him --- Sig has lived to tell the tales.
North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters