Mad Ship

Mad Ship is a 2012 Canadian period drama film directed by David Mortin, from a screenplay by Mortin, Maureen Dorey-Lukie, and Patricia Fogliato. The film stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gil Bellows, Rachel Blanchard, Martha Burns, Aidan Devine, Gage Munroe, and Line Verndal. Set during the Great Depression, it follows Tomas Sorensen (Kaas), a Norwegian man who emigrates with his family to Canada to establish a wheat dynasty, but when his wife Solveig (Verndal) dies, he embarks on a mission to build a ship and return her body to Norway.


A poor young Scandinavian immigrant couple winds up in Canada in search of prosperity, but the hardship of the Great Depression takes a toll in a way they never feared when they went in search of the dream. Mad Ship tells the true story of a Scandinavian immigrant who built a boat to carry the body of his dead wife.