After a fire destroyed the Grizzly Tour Lodge in British Columbia, Canada last fall, owner Dean Wyatt was fortunate enough to find another lodge for sale on the opposite side of Vancouver Island. The obvious problem he then faced was the logistical problem of moving this lodge around Vancouver Island to Knight Inlet on the Campbell River.
Dean found his solution when he spoke to Puglia Engineering’s Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham, Washington. After discussions between the two companies, a contract was signed to charter Puglia’s semi-submersible barge, Faithful Servant which eventually lifted the entire lodge out of the water and delivered it from Nootka Sound to Campbell River on the exact opposite side of Vancouver Island.
Faithful Servant is 460 feet long, 131 foot beam, and has a 20,000 ton lifting capacity.
All Images courtesy Neil Rabinowitz