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North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Most of us find Sig to be a bit of an enigma. We have great admiration for his power, work ethic, and bravery, but struggle with his lack of compassion. I think Sig largely communicates the same in this book. It is always pleasing to me when somebody can evaluate themself with some objectivity.
There is a very interesting technical description of the crabbing process and the science of crab as a species. It is just enough information to give the reader a much better grasp of the process without boring them with the details.
It also covers much, much more than that. There is an insider's view of the Norwegian immigration to the United States, in particular Washington state in the early 1900's. There is a detailed history of the evolution of crab fishing and the Marco crab boat's evolution to supremacy. I was fascinated by the attention to historical details, such as the use of surplus Army cots to build the first crab pots. The wisdom of a seasoned fisherman peppers the book - discussing why certain boat designs work better than others, why a tank full of solid ballast is better than tanks full of mobile crab, and why navigation at sea is not as simple as going in a straight line from Point A to Point B.
Encircling all these historical details are the stories of the Hansen family in the USA. His father's boats. Moving up, moving down and out. The evolution of a skipper/captain.
This book will satisfy the fans. It covers the ground that fans will want to know about - close calls out at sea, pranks between the crew members, embarrassing growing-up stories among the Hansen brothers, and how the Northwestern came to be on TV. It also tells the story of how the first coveted F/V Northwestern jackets came to be!
The digital version of this book had some minor issues. There are many, many words which had been spliced - there is a space in the middle of the word or a dash in the middle of the word inappropriately. The best feature of the digital version, however, was the click-able index. Next to the word in the index was a hyperlink that you could click, which would take you right to the reference.
You can tell Sig dictated/wrote this book without a ghost writer, and you can almost hear him reading it in your mind, but alas they used a "professional" reader. Darn shame, but still very enjoyable.
I like the detail and the stories that Captain Hanson included in this book I think anyone that watches deadliest catch or is interested in the history of the industry or likes to hear the stories of how immigrants came here and worked hard and did well that they will like this book I give it four stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It brought back memories of my own family which comes from Larvik Norway. It is an outstanding read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SophiesPlace # 2
I got this for my husband because he is a fan. He has really enjoyed reading it and very pleased.Published 2 months ago by kathy bixler
This book is absolutely phenomenal, and not just because I adore Captain Sig! An amazing, exciting, well written book about the meaning of bravery, the American Dream and white... Read morePublished 6 months ago by azurei
I'm Norwegian so maybe I'm partial....I could relate to everything he wrote about. We love the TV show so I expected to enjoy the book. Very well done.Published 7 months ago by RGH