Boating Never Stops For ‘Deadliest Catch’ Fisherman

For Edgar Hansen, crab fishing is something he was born to do.

“I was born in Seattle and raised on a fishing boat,” he says.

One of the crab fishermen on the Discovery Channel’s hit docudrama “Deadliest Catch,” Edgar works as the deck boss on the ship his brother Sig captains, the Northwestern. But before his time working with his brothers – Norman works on the ship as well – he had to work his way up.

“My father was a fourth generation fisherman, migrated here from Norway, saved up all his money and ended up buying a boat,” Edgar says. “That boat sank, and the same thing that happened to his boat happened to us in the last season.”

But his father got another boat, the Northwestern, and that’s where Edgar started working at age 17.

“You start out as a greenhorn and you work your way up the ladder. Back then, in those days, you had to wait for someone to die or quit to work your way up the ladder,” he says.


About Laura Dicharia

An avid fan of Deadliest Catch I've been watching since the pilot episode. A member of the F/V Northwestern Forums since 2008, I was asked to come on board as a Moderator in 2011.

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