Until recently, when melting ice began opening up the Northwest Passage to more sailors, it was largely considered the “Arctic Grail” of high-latitude cruising. Unchartered and full of “slow-moving, wondrously beautiful silent killers,” it was a passage that less than two dozen had successfully completed. Though an increasing number of sailors are now attempting the route, few have captured it in a more captivating way than writer-filmmaker Sprague Theobald.
In June of 2009, Theobald traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific on board a 57ft trawler, Bagan. His crew included his children and stepchildren, who had dispersed 15 years prior following a bad divorce, and the journey inspired both a book and film of the same name. Throughout the 8500-mile voyage, Theobald pieced together a beautifully descriptive narrative in which he and his crew battle an economic recession, polar bears, family grudges and treacherous conditions. On board Bagan, Theobald captured gorgeous landscapes and Arctic wildlife, which he crafted together in the eye-catching documentary. Purchase the book or video on iTunes, Netflix or Amazon.
The Other Side of the Ice: One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage
By Sprague Theobald with Allan Kreda
Photos courtesy of Sprague Theobald