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Deadliest Catch Poster - Lockspot Cafe - Ballard Neighborhood - Seattle WA

Reality TV, love it or leave it.

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I’ve noticed that my posts related to the show ‘Deadliest Catch‘ and the crab boats associated with it

are being viewed a lot lately.

People are searching for the 2013 Deadliest Catch Season 9.

Which got me to wondering about the Season 9, when would it air?

My favorite reality tv show is ‘Deadliest Catch,’ about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea of Alaska.

For those who want to know, Season 9 begins airing on April 16th, on Discovery Channel,

and I can’t wait!

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My nephew Clarke Sparks Hedges was a crewman on the F/V Time Bandit with Captains Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand for 10 years.

I remember at our family Christmas gathering in 2000

watching a video Clarke had taken of the crew working on board the Time Bandit.

Captain Jonathan was asked in an interview in 2008 on ‘Deadliest Reports,’ a fan site this question about greenhorns:

‘Question: Johnathan, who’s the best greenhorn you’ve ever had on your vessel?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Clarke Sparks.

He went to the east coast with me and ended up on another boat, being pulled overboard by a long line.

I miss him still. He was one of my brothers.’

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Sadly, Clarke was lost at sea on January 12, 2001 off Gloucester MA.

There is a brass plaque with his name at the Fishermen’s Memorial

at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.

He is missed very much.

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Fishing, crab, swordfish, or any fishery on the open sea is a job

filled with danger that can injure or kill, the show is no exaggeration.

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Here, at the Lockspot Cafe in Ballard, a framed poster was signed by crab boat Captains

who were part of Deadliest Catch Season 3 in 2007 and were part of the first airing of the show ‘After the Catch.’

The tavern serves some of the best fish and chips around town,

and the dive-bar has a hard-working man’s atmosphere,

where you can get a good beer for a reasonable price.

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Can’t wait to catch up with Captains Jonathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit,

Captain Sig Hansen of the F/V Northwestern, Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard, Captain Elliott Neese of the F/V Ramblin’ Rose,

and of course who doesn’t want to know what Jake Harris, Josh Harris

and Jake Anderson are up to.

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Deadliest Catch,

are you a fan?

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13 Responses to Deadliest Catch – 2013 – Season 9

  • truly sorry your nephew was pulled overboard and lost his life. a very tough job, indeed.

  • To say you are ‘up close and personal’ with this subject would be putting it mildly…how heart-wrenching. I watched Deadliest Catch some time ago when I had a different carrier. Now that I just changed from cable back to dish I may be able to catch it again. And I will try and watch IF I can stand the excitement and drama. In my heart of hearts I suspect Clarke absolutely loved what he did. Hugs to you and yours.

  • Can’t say that I have seen it. I don’t see much TV since I don’t have cable or any of the local networks. It’s been about 4 years since I’ve sat down and watched anything. I do love your photograph..

  • We did watch occasionally. So sorry about your nephew.

  • I liked, shocking.

  • we used to watch it but stopped after phil died…it just wasn’t the same!

  • oh and i am so sorry about your nephew…how devastating

  • not much of a reality tv watcher i have enough reality in my life .. but recently we watch half an episode of The Taste .. it was funny … not sure it was supposed to be funny …

  • I am a fan! I am a fan of a lot of reality TV but I find this show particularly raw and fascinating. Love the signed and framed poster too.

  • I have watched it occasionally. It is a very dangerous job. Sorry for the loss of you nephew.

  • I’m sorry about your nephew.
    I haven’t watched this particular show but I AM hooked on Swamp People and Duck Dynasty!

  • My deepest sympathy.My husband and I love this show.We really miss Phil but we like all the different personalities on the show. So very sorry for your family! I know this heartbreak and nothing anyone can say ever makes it feel better.Please know many people care and are keeping you in there prayers. Hugs!

  • I am also sorry about your nephew. Few appreciate how dangerous commercial fishing is and how a life can be taken in a split second despite fishing in excellent conditions and with the best boat, skipper and crew. I grew up in Ballard (Seattle). The Norwegian side of my family owned/ran wooden halibut schooners out of Fisherman’s Terminal. Until this series, it never dawned on me that the experiences these crabbers or the Norwegian side of my family faced every season year after year is just as scary and life changing as what my father faced during WWII as a crew member on a B-17. He survived 3 years of bomb raids over the English channel. These guys have survived decades. My grandfather and uncles knew, fished with and had great respect for the Hansen brothers’ father. My uncle said that he was a fine, honest, tough yet terrific fisherman and his sons do him proud. While my uncle, like me, watches the series, he and some other skippers I have talked with have commented on how the series has made things a little more tense on the home front because they now need to spend time calming the heightened fears of their wives and families. I hear a lot of, “those guys are stupid, crazy, idiots, etc”. Instead of spending the money on cable or direct TV, I purchase the season on ITunes. I have every season and begin each year starting with Season 1 and working my way forward. No ads, less expensive and I always have it. I always learn/see something new by watching the whole series. As a marine artist, I also use the series to get a better understanding of boats, waves, colors, sky, etc. Glad its back. Hope Jake & Josh are doing ok.

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