Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern on Deadliest Catch, comes from a long line of fishermen. On tonight’s episode, his daughter Mandy joins the family business and becomes the first female member of the crew.
Here’s what you should know about the father and captain:
1. His Fishing Career Began at the Age of 14
According to his bio on the Discovery website, Hansen comes from a Norwegian family and long line of fisherman, including his father, who he started working for as a teenager. The Hansen family was one of the first involved in the King crab fishing industry. During his time in high school, Hansen spent a great deal of time on crabbing boats in Alaska.
Once Hansen finished high school, he went into the fishing industry full-time, and by the age of 22, he was the captain of his father’s ship, the Northwestern. Hansen is often referred to as a tough captain because he always works his crew to their limits. But, Hansen knows that it is crucial to their success, the harder they work, the more they catch.
2. He Played The Role of His Own Boat in a Movie
Hansen’s role on Deadliest Catch isn’t the only one he’s played. In Disney Pixar’s Cars 2, Hansen was the voice of a boat named Crabby. Hansen told Zap2It:
One thing led to another. They said, ‘Hey, we need a boat.’ ‘I have a boat.’ ‘Let’s do it.’ It was really kind of casual. It was nothing we pitched. It just sort of fell in my lap.
Hansen reported that he enjoyed being in the movie, and commented to Zap2it that ‘(his) boat is going to be forever immortalized as a Disney character.’
3. Hansen Is a New York Times Bestselling Author
In March of 2010, Hansen became a published author of North by Northwester: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters. Hansen, not much of a reader, never thought that he would write a book. But he was introduced to a writer named Mark Sundeen and the two ended up writing a bestseller together.
North by Northwestern gives the reader a deeper look into Hansen’s background and tells his rags-to-riches story. The Hansens field of work has remained the same from the family’s humble beginning in Norway, to their now flourishing career on a hit TV show.
4. He Has a Soft Side Underneath That Harsh Exterior
Sig Hansen, born Sigurd Jonny Hansen, and his brothers were the first generation of Hansens to be born in the United States, but the fourth generation to be in the fishing industry. Mandy is now the fifth generation and the first fisherwoman.
While Hansen shows his ability to be a very tough leader as captain aboard the Northwestern, as a family man he has shown that he can be quite caring and compassionate. Hansen is a husband and a father of two girls.
5. He’s Eager For His Daughter to Follow in His Footsteps
Mandy Hansen, like her father, has been working on fishing boats since she was young. Now that she’s 18, she’ll join Deadliest Catch with her father.
Sig Hansen was at first very opposed to his daughter working on a crabbing boat because he knows how harsh the conditions can be. But according to Sig, Mandy pushed and eventually got her way.
Mandy is working toward getting a Third Mates Unlimited license from a maritime academy, a bigger license than Sig’s. He told Yahoo TV:
I don’t have a license that big, you see? So that makes me proud. She’ll have a bigger license than Daddy; who’d have thought?