Early life, family, educational background
Mandy Hansen was born in 1996, in Seattle, Washington State USA to June Hansen. In 2001, June Hansen married Sig Hansen – captain of the Northwestern fisherman’s vessel and technical advisor of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” He adopted both of June’s daughters: Nina and Mandy.
Mandy became skillful in boating, crabbing and fishing, at a young age. Mandy has graduated from Washington State University and the Maritime Academy in San Diego according to Discovery. Thereby obtaining the paperwork and license to run ocean liners and freighters, making her more qualified than her father to be captain.
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The Northwestern has been in the Hansen family for generations. It was built by Sig’s father, Sverre Hansen, in 1977 after his first boat sank. The Northwestern is known for sailing the Bering Sea to catch King, Opilio and Bairdi Crabs.
Family’s personal life
The Hansens are a tight-knit family. On 18 June 2017, they happily welcomed Nina’s first child, Jackson, into the family. Sadly, the Hansens have also experienced hardships, such as Sig’s heart attack in 2016, June’s cancer diagnosis in 2019, and on-going treatments.
Who is Sig Hansen?
Sigurd (Sig) Jonny Hansen, born in 1966, has been featured in every season of “Deadliest Catch” since 2005. Much like Mandy, Sig grew up with a passion for fishing. He worked on Sverre’s boat from a young age, and would often bunk school in favor of going fishing. He became a relief skipper for other ships at the age of 22, and captain of the Northwestern in 1990, at age 24.
Sig married Lisa Eckstrom in 1987 – Lisa was pregnant with their daughter, Melissa Eckstrom at the time, but the two separated after just a month of marriage, during which they never lived together. In 1990, Lisa accused Sig of sexually abusing their daughter, but after an enquiry and a mixture of evidence, ultimately Lisa’s claims were proven false in court.
However, Sig made the challenging decision not to be involved in his daughter’s life, fearing that the toxic relationship between himself and Lisa would negatively affect their daughter’s quality of life. Unfortunately, in 2017 Melissa – a qualified Family Law Attorney – re-opened the assault case and blamed her father for her battle with depression, suicidal thoughts and eating disorders throughout her childhood. Once again, Sig denied the allegations, and said the following regarding the case: ‘This is nothing more than an old-fashioned shakedown, it’s a completely frivolous lawsuit full of lies that my ex-wife made up to take away my daughter, and still uses to try to extort money from me. It’s blackmail.’
Sig’s run-ins with the law did not end with the allegations from the Eckstroms. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to assaulting an Uber driver – he spat on the driver’s head and kicked the outside rear of the car’s passenger side which resulted in a dent; the incident came about from a dispute regarding payment.
As a young girl, Mandy always knew she wanted to join the family business, but her parents were hesitant about the idea. Sig believed that fishing was a job best suited for a man, but Mandy won her parents over through determination and persistence. Mandy first appeared as a guest star in “Deadliest Catch” in 2009 when she was 13, during the “After the Catch” segment.
From the age of 14, Mandy spent her summers salmon tendering on the Northwestern. Smaller boats fishing for salmon used the Northwestern as a fish taxi by filling the vessel for transportation so the smaller crafts would not have to travel back and forth with the salmon. She received many offers as a result of her high-quality work and efficiency.
Soon after matriculating from high school, Mandy started working on the ship. She became an official cast member on 22 April 2014 as a deckhand on the Northwestern. After a few seasons, Mandy was promoted to right-hand of the ship.
The crew and audience know Mandy to be capable of running the vessel, while still showing delicate, feminine attributes. Mandy further proved her worth to be a part of a male-dominated career when she handled the boat when it caught on fire by accident, managing the situation patiently and thoroughly. According to the ship’s website, Mandy is similar to Sig, “She is charismatic, hardworking, and headstrong.”
Mandy’s now-husband, Clark Pederson is also a cast member in “Deadliest Catch.” He began working at The Shaver Transportation Company on the Columbia River as a deckhand/captain-in-training, where the couple met and bonded over the harsh sea conditions. Later, he was hired as a greenhorn on the Northwestern. He is supportive of Mandy and her ambition to become captain of the Northwestern.
A fan-favorite moment on “Deadliest Catch” was Clark visiting the Hansen family’s lavish Seattle home to ask Sig for Mandy’s hand in marriage. After Sig’s approval, he asks to speak with Mandy privately, and the two share an intimate moment on deck before Clark pops the big question and Mandy accepts.
On 10 June 2017 Mandy married the Northwestern’s greenhorn, in front of the Northwestern vessel at Pacific Fisherman Shipyard in Seattle. Present at the wedding were family, friends and crew members. During the ceremony, Sig walked Mandy down the ship’s gangway, and also served as Clark’s best man.
Mandy and Clark chose to have a traditional Norwegian wedding: a Norwegian Princess wedding cake, named ‘Kransekaka’ and the families wore traditional Norwegian clothes. The wedding was shown briefly during the season 13 finale.
Sadly, Mandy announced her miscarriage on 11 February 2019 via an Instagram post – the photo she posted was of a white baby onesie and size three baby booties. Appropriately, there were drawings of little crabs on the box of the booties. In her caption, she reveals that the miscarriage had taken place while she was onboard – most likely during the filming of season 15.
‘Though I lost you my previous season onboard, I still think about you every day. Words cannot describe the hurt and love I still feel for you. May we meet one day little one. Momma’s got you in her heart forever and ever.’
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Edgar Hansen, deck boss and Mandy’s uncle, made Clark prank Sig into believing Mandy was pregnant. According to “Yahoo,” Sig lost his cool and Clark quickly assured him that it was all a prank, but Sig was ready for revenge. He announced over the Northwestern loudspeaker, ‘Clark, I would really, really keep an eye open when I go to sleep. I’d keep one eye open when you sleep from now on for the rest of your life.’
Keep bitchin' and we'll keep livin' 🖕🏻 pic.twitter.com/vALv94bYPp
— Mandy Hansen (@mandyhansennw) September 16, 2017
Mandy is of white ethnicity and has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has a slim and athletic build, partially due to the manual labor required aboard.
Net worth and salary
Mandy has an estimated net worth of over $1 million. Her income is yet to be confirmed, but earns it from working aboard the Northwestern, and from appearing in “Deadliest Catch” – viewership and ratings help!