Army Veteran Attempts 100-Mile Row In Homemade Boat

Michael Stanley, 80, began building the boat - affectionately named 'Tintanic' - during lockdown.

An 80-year-old retired British Army officer is attempting to row 100 miles in a boat he built out of corrugated iron.

Michael Stanley, known as Major Mick, served in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 35 years and is taking on the Chichester Canal to raise money for a hospice in West Sussex.

He has already surpassed his initial £1,000 target for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham – and the money is still coming in to add to his current total of more than £22,000.

Affectionately named the Tintanic, Major Mick began work on the vessel during lockdown.

"The idea came from India. The children on the rivers there have similar sorts of boats made out of corrugated iron," he said. 

"It was an idea that I had in my mind when the lockdown came, and so I thought I'll buy two sheets of corrugated iron and hopefully make it float, like a boat."

Major Mick has raised more than £22,000.

The Tintanic may look like an upturned Second World War air-raid shelter but it is succeeding in getting Major Mick to meet his target.

"I do two runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week from the village of Hunston to Chichester," he added.

"It's a three-mile round row and takes me three-quarters of an hour on each leg, so it's not too strenuous and I'm settling into the routine quite nicely now." 

Major Mick's JustGiving page can be found here.