By: Scott Way
This unique vessel has a crew of three, including two British architects and a duck tolling retriever named Shackleton, who took it on the adventure of a lifetime.
In February 2018, architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel purchased a 100-person survival lifeboat with the dream of completing a four month Arctic expedition. They spent over a year transforming their 36 foot vessel Stodig before departing from the British port of Newhaven in May 2019 destined for the Arctic. Their route covered over 5,000 km and included passages along Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, ultimately leading them to Tromso, the largest city in the Arctic situated high in the Norwegian Fjords. The aim of the expedition, according to Simmonds and Schnabel, was to "...to explore this wild and isolated landscape, demonstrate the ability of design innovation to facilitate self sufficiency in such extreme environments and to document and share the adventure through photography and film." To see how they transformed this unique vessel for its incredible journey check out the video below: