Accidents in the sea are not that much of a rare occurrence as people think they are, which is why ships with low accident rates are amongst some of the best ships in the business. Captain Sig Hansen stands at the helm of one such ship. The captain of the Northwestern, Sig is one of the best captains in the business. In his 20 years as a captain, Northwestern has never had a single death at sea. Hansen is also the star of the reality TV series, Deadliest Catch. He has been around the set for quite a while and is respected for his skills. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Sig Hansen.
Sigurd Jonny “Sig” Hansen was born on the 28th of April 1966 in Seattle, U.S. The oldest child of the family, Sig spent much of his early life with his brothers, Norman and Edgar. The Hansen’s are the direct descendants of a long lineage of Norwegian-ancestry fishermen. Both of Sig’s father and grandfather pioneered opilio crab fishing in Alaska. Following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Sigurd started working in the family boat from the age of 14. After graduating high school, Sig would spend ten months at the Bering Sea. In his early years, Sig often cut short the time he was in school to continue fishing.
Sig began his professional career as a deckhand on his father’s boat. Over the years, Sig climbed through the ranks and became a relief skipper at the age of 22. His work entailed providing relief to the captain of Northwestern and also working short stints as a captain on other boats of the fleet. Sig got his hands on the wheel of northwestern when he was 24 years of age. Since then, Sig has captained the ship for 20 years, making it one of the safest ships on the Bering Sea.
Due to his growing popularity, Sig Hansen was the first name on the sheet, when plans were drawn for the Deadliest catch. He joined the cast in 2005 and has been with the series ever since. The Northwestern won successive titles right after joining the series, in 2005 for King Crab and 2006 for Opilio. She managed to win the final derby seasons and took home titles for both the highest poundage caught and the highest dollars earned between the featured boats in the Deadliest Catch.
Alongside his work in the sea, Sig is also an author. He released the book entitled North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters. The book managed to climb to the bestseller list of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Sig has also voiced a boat named Crabby in the Disney Pixar film Cars 2.
Sig Hansen has earned a fortune as a fisherman the career which has spanned over several decades. His other main source of income comes from TV show Deadliest Catch. He has been around the reality TV scene since he first made the Deadliest Catch debut in 2005. After one and half decades he is still firmly fixed on the show. As of now, Sig has an estimated net worth of around $4M.
Sig Hansen is a married man and currently lives in Seattle. He is married to his long-time girlfriend June and the pair adopted two lovely daughters, Nina and Mandy. And while Sig’s personal life has gone without a hitch, he has faced some problems with his health. In March of 2016, Hansen suffered a heart attack and returned to fishing only in the following season. Too soon, in October of 2018, Hansen suffered from another heart attack and had to be medically cleared before joining the show’s 15th season.