Lost since 1915, Shackleton’s ship Endurance is found off Antarctica

An expedition that set out in search of the lost ship of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton has found it — 106 years after the vessel sank off Antarctica…The wooden ship Endurance has been located remarkably intact about 10,000 feet underwater in the Weddell Sea.

The find is “a milestone in polar history,” said Mensun Bound, a maritime archaeologist and the director of exploration on the expedition, called Endurance22.

“This is by far the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen. It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact and in a brilliant state of preservation. You can even see ‘Endurance’ arced across the stern,” Bound said.

I won’t go into even a brief retelling the tale of their survival after becoming trapped in the Antarctic ice. Please, read the article. Find one of the many detailed records of their adventure. An essential part of the history of those who go down to the sea in ships.

4 thoughts on “Lost since 1915, Shackleton’s ship Endurance is found off Antarctica

  1. Chilly Willy says:

    “How Antarctica has changed since Shackleton’s 1915 shipwreck” https://www.eenews.net/articles/how-antarctica-has-changed-since-shackletons-1915-shipwreck/
    “Eastern Antarctica on Friday recorded temperatures that are 70 degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, The Washington Post reported.
    Temperatures in the eastern part of the continent have soared 50 to 90 degrees above normal, raising concern from the scientific community.
    The Post reported that instead of temperatures being between minus 50 and minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ve been closer to zero or 10 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered to be a massive heat wave by Antarctic standards.
    According to a popular weather twitter account Extreme Temps, “extraordinary anomalies in Antarctica” have lead to historic records on Friday.” https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/e2-wire/598842-temperatures-in-eastern-antarctica-are-70-degrees-warmer

  2. Chilly Willy says:

    The Icebreaker That Found The Endurance Is Vital For Climate Science https://gcaptain.com/the-icebreaker-that-found-the-endurance-is-vital-for-climate-science/
    “The tale of the Endurance is fascinating. But so is the story of the SA Agulhas II. Because of this ship, South Africa is becoming a leader in aspects of Antarctic science. For example, it is highly unusual to make in situ measurements of the physics, chemistry, and biology of the open Southern Ocean and its sea ice in winter because of the darkness, inhospitable weather conditions and high concentrations of sea ice.
    Yet, since 2012, the SA Agulhas II has undertaken at least five wintertime voyages between Cape Town and the Antarctic sea ice, a journey of nearly 3,000 kilometres. These expeditions have yielded data that are essential to understanding the changing Southern Ocean, and to validate numerical models developed to predict future climate.”

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