The “SH” logo on the hull doesn’t stand for Sig Hansen — but for his father, Sverre Hansen, who came from Norway in search of the American Dream. Sverre built the Northwestern in 1977 and, a decade later, handed off the successful venture to a 22-year-old Captain Sig Hansen.
The Northwestern has remained one of the fleet’s most efficient (and safest) boats year in and year out. However, the Bering Sea does not play favorites and the NW has persevered through weather and abuse of all kinds. Sig has been bringing his daughter Mandy on board to train her to helm the iconic crabber. As Sig passes the torch to the next generation, the once-indomitable captain and crew must face their own vulnerabilities and reevaluate their place in a younger and highly competitive fleet.