When you were raised on the brutal decks of a fishing boat like Deadliest Catch‘s Sig Hansen, you come to love or hate the sea. In Hansen’s case, it’s all love. So much so, in fact, that he’s bought his own island in Norway.
Some run from the family business. Others dive in head-first. Sig Hansen did the latter, as Deadliest Catch die-hards know. From enduring the most “calamitous” crabbing season of his life in the beyond-epic Season 17, to running his own fishing empire, Captain Sig of the F/V Northwestern is all-in.
Speaking on this recently for Nicki Swift, Hansen divulges some little known facts that flesh out his sea-faring life considerably. Like the island in Norway he’s bought for himself. And to help tackle the fishing industry, of course.
So, yes, Sig Hansen owns an island in Norway, he confirms for the trade. An “old factory” is present there, he reveals, where they “used to salt herring in those wooden drums.
“My grandmother worked there as a young lady and my uncle,” the Deadliest Catch icon tells Nicki Swift. By all accounts, he seems head-over-heels in love with the “historical building,” to. It holds a whole lot of significance for his ancestry, after all.
“We try to go back every year if we can. My wife is, you know, has family there and I have family there,” Hansen continues. He says the old facility has plenty of character, and doubles as a venue for “weddings, confirmation, and all kinds of things.” Through this, Captain Sig hopes to give back to the community there.
Capt. Sig Hansen Says His ‘Legacy’ Goes Beyond ‘Deadliest Catch’
For the good captain, this enormous purchase is still about Deadliest Catch. To a point, at least. He’s beyond grateful for the show and it’s fans, but wants to be sure that his “legacy” goes beyond the hit Discovery show, too.
“You know, my legacy I suppose is going to always be the Deadliest Catch, I imagine, that’s it, but there’s other things, too, that you want to have succeeded at,” he continues. “And I think that that was just a real neat thing to be able to keep,” he says of the island.
“There’s history. That really is where everything started for me, as far as fishing in Norway as a teenager,” the captain adds. Both the place and trade are “very, very dear to my heart,” Sig says, “and that work ethic from that area, because there’s so many people from that town, that actually went to Alaska to fish.”
It must be an incredible island. As Hansen says, “The generation before me that molded our fisheries, a lot of them are from that town, and I just, I’m just so proud of it, you know? To give back, you know what I mean?”