Skipper The Great North Snowdog

DFDS are proud to be part of the Great North Snowdogs public art trail, taking across Tyne and Wear to support St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice. 

We have sponsored one of the 60 large Snowdog sculptures, based on the popular character from The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, and our Snowdog has been beautifully designed and painted by artist Joanne Wishart, with a colourful maritime theme. We’ve named our Snowdog Skipper and many of our customers have enjoyed a sneak preview of Skipper onboard Princess Seaways throughout August.

You can visit Skipper and the other 59 uniquely decorated sculptures on the public art trail which runs until 29 November.



Skipper was unveiled to the public on 5 August and he enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the Tyne onboard Port of Tyne workboat, the Sir Bobby Robson. He was then lifted onboard Princess Seaways and taken up to the Sky Bar where he stayed for the rest of the month for customers to enjoy.

Now Skipper’s adventures at sea have come to an end and he has moved to new location on the Great North Snowdogs trail. We don’t think he’ll miss the ships that much, as he’s located on the North Shields Fish Quay, so he can say hello and goodbye to King and Princess Seaways as they sail past every day.

Want to read more about Skipper? Find out his story and more about his days at sea here.​



The 60 uniquely decorated Snowdogs will be located at different locations throughout Tyne and Wear until 29 November. Jump on the Metro and visit Skipper and his friends on the trail and why not see if you can find them all?

Download the Snowdogs Trail app​, which includes a map with the locations of all of the Snowdogs and once you find Skipper you’ll be able to claim a very special offer on our popular Amsterdam mini cruise break.

We will also have a beautiful Little Snowdog located at our North Shields port, designed by two of our little customers, who you can visit before you set sail. Perfect for a pre-holiday selfie!

Find out more about the Snowdogs trail and download the trail map and app at​

Skipper's theme


Skipper was designed and painted by Newcastle-based artist Joanne Wishart. We asked Joanne  to give a maritime feel to our Snowdog and we are delighted with the result. Joanne takes inspiration for her work from the north east coastline and maritime scenes, and our Snowdog depicts scenes from the river Tyne, including our ferries!

Pet ferry travel


It’s not just Snowdogs who are allowed on our ferries, real dogs (and cats and other pets!) are too. We know your pets are part of the family, so why wouldn’t you want to bring your furry friends with you on holiday? Well now you can, thanks to our pet travel scheme. Find out more about bringing your pets on holiday with you, including costs, requirements and more, on our pet travel page. And for information and inspiration on where to take your pet on holiday, visit our pet friendly holidays page.

Watch our video of Skipper being transformed from a white Snowdog, to a beautifully painted work of art!



We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​