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A few years ago I discovered a show on the discovery channel that completely fascinated me, and made me a huge fan in the process, with this book being co-written by and about himself and his families’ heritage in the crab fishing industry.
The book “Deadliest waters” is co-written by Sig Hansen, one of the few crab boat captains featured in the series “Deadliest catch”, which have made their livings, and since the series aired, their fortunes from this show.
Sig, alongside his two younger brothers Norman and Edgar, having been fishing for crabs in the brutal Bering sea’s since they were children, and as third generation fisherman it is assumed they were born to follow in the families’ footsteps.
The book is split nicely into a few different subjects. There is the story of the Hansen clans father Sverre, who emigrated to America when he was 20 years old from Karmoy in Norway, following a whole community of people who emigrated and commandeered a place of their own, this being called Ballard, in Seattle.
Interspersed with this is the life story of the Hansen brothers themselves, their work, their lives, their links to America, and their families, who unsurprisingly mostly come from their parents hometown of Karmoy.
I love how this book is written, showing all aspects of the Hansen family, through to the running of the boats, firstly the “formost” which was Sverre’s boat (twice, both sinking!) and then onto the boat featured in the series itself, the “Northwestern”, and everything inbetween.
This is obviously only going to be a really good read for Deadliest catch fans like myself, with this book offering an incite into the characters who I have watched for years on the telly, but have never been that accessible to me, this book offers the closet “curtain twitcher” the opportunity to read things about them that make them more human, their lives and loves not only within their jobs but also their families too, this was a really enjoyable read, and has only reinforced my fascination with the show and with the Hansen clan themselves, recommended!
This book is available via www.amazon.co.uk for around the £6.00 mark.