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 20 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.
Sig first went out onto the Bering Sea on the Northwestern at the age of 12, and every summer after that until he graduated high school. With its brutal storms of 40-foot waves, gale winds, freezing spray and treacherous ice-cover, the Bering Sea is a true frontier, deadly in its unpredictability. 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, Northwestern Saga brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny.
©2010 Captain Sig Hansen and Mark Sundeen (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
"Nothing more nor less than a cracking good sea story." (Booklist)
I will listen to this again. It is a great book filled with history and interesting facts.
Sig, Edgar and their Dad are the best characters in the book. They are real people who have worked hard and I enjoy listening to the their story.
I thought Rick did a great job as Sig. I have watched every episode of Deadliest Catch and at first I thought it would be weird to listen to someone other than Sig read the story but Rick was great.
There were a few emotional moments in the book, but I am not going to spoil it for other listeners. I laughed may times.
This is a worthy book. I got it with a credit, but after listening to it I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.
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