Deadliest Waters : A Story of Survival on Alaskan Seas, Paperback

Deadliest Waters : A Story of Survival on Alaskan Seas Paperback

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Sig Hansen has been a star of the Channel 4's The Deadliest Catchfrom the pilot to the present.

Seen in over 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, The Deadliest Catchis unlike anything else on television.

But the weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel Northwesternhave 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.

To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.

This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, North by Northwesternbrings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny.

Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North by Northwesternis the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of The Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781849830744



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I came across this book when researching Alaska as a holiday destination and as a fan of “Deadliest Catch” TV series, I couldn’t miss the chance to read Captain Sig’s story.And what a pleasure it was to read! The book is really well written, no high class literature but still a good read with good tempo, well researched and easy to read. It is actually written as if Captain Sig was telling the whole story to the reader in person, which is a great plus, especially for fans of the show.The story begins with Sig’s father, Sverre Hansen, who emigrated from Norway to Seattle back in the 1950s and after years of hard work became owner of his own fishing vessel and a very successful crab fisherman. The book tells us also about Sverre’s family and friends, mostly other immigrants from Norway, and how the crab fishing industry was changing throughout the 20th century. And of course one can find in the book stories from Hansen brothers’ lives and a short history of the Discovery Channel show that sprang the Alaskan fishermen to fame. But most of all, it’s a tale of the hardship of fisherman’s live and dangers he’s facing every day when at Bering Sea. All in all it was a great read that would interest not only those watching “The Deadliest Catch”.

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