An inspiring documentary of perseverance, ambition, and one man’s dream to recreate a pioneering human achievement.
The Voyage of the Fox is a feature-length documentary following Ralph Tuijn and his partner on their attempt to recreate the famous crossing of George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen using a replica of their 1896 vessel known as The Fox. This is the film of their precarious journey.
In 1896, starting from New York City, two Norwegian men, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, claimed to be the first people to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowing a small wooden boat and to have completed this historic crossing in just fifty-five days. However, it most likely never happened. In 2020, Ralph Tuijn will go on another adventure and try to show how this achievement would have been impossible. He will try to row in the exact same conditions – and with the same boat, using more or less the same route, and going through the same hardships. By doing so, the viewer will be taken on a journey where past and present confront each other to create one story.
Although the record has been broken since then, George and Frank’s original voyage remains the most enduring and respected achievement in the history of ocean rowing. With a lifetime of experiences in the world’s most dangerous environments, Ralph has demonstrated again and again that he has the skill, disposition and knowledge necessary to show how the original crossing couldn’t have been done and reenact it. It is in his determination where we find the essence of the film. In following him and his partner on their perilous journey, ‘The Voyage of the Fox’ explores themes of survival and perseverance in the face of prolonged adversity, and what truly motivates those rare individuals who voluntarily seek out nature’s most dangerous challenges.