The wreckage of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ has been located off the coast of Antarctica in the Weddell Sea. The three-masted ship was abandoned in October 1915.
A team of explorers aboard the South African icebreaking and polar research vessel S.A. Agulhas II recently found Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’. The sunken vessel was found at a depth of 3008 meters below sea level using Saab’s Sabertooth hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles. Endurance’s bell, silverware, and crockery are also on board.
The wreck is protected as a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty It assures that the object will not be harmed or disturbed in any manner while being examined and filmed. Polar geographer and expedition leader John Shears lead the team consisting of maritime archaeologists, engineers, technicians, and scientists from around the world. The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust organized and supported the mission.
Sir Ernest Shackleton was an Irish sea explorer. He had led multiple expeditions to the Antarctic and was revered for his crisis management skills. Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition planned to be the first to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea through the South Pole. The voyage turned from an expedition to a rescue effort after the ship became stuck in the ice for six months. As mentioned in the New Britain Herald on 10 October 1916, “the vessel became a hopeless wreck”.
In a press release on the official website of Endurance, Donald Lamont, Chairman of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, expressed, “Our objectives for Endurance22 were to locate, survey, and film the wreck, but also to conduct important scientific research and to run an exceptional outreach program. Today’s celebrations are naturally tempered by world events, and everybody involved in Endurance22 keeps those affected by these continuing shocking events in their thoughts and prayers”.
In an interview with ABC News (Australia), crew member and History Broadcaster Dan Snow states that the ship “is in astonishing condition”. A documentary regarding the exploration is set to premiere later this year.
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