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The Endurance

After the search vessel nearly suffered the same fate, what was one of the world’s greatest undiscovered shipwrecks is identified on the Antarctic seafloor.
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Scientists have found and filmed one of the greatest ever undiscovered shipwrecks 107 years after it sank, reports BBC News.

Shackleton (R) looks over the broken remains of his ship just before it went to the deep

The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the weekend at the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats.

Video of the remains show Endurance to be in remarkable condition.

Even though it has been sitting in 3km (10,000ft) of water for over a century, it looks just like it did on the November day it went down.

Its timbers, although disrupted, are still very much together, and the name – Endurance – is clearly visible on the stern.

„Without any exaggeration this is the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen – by far,“ said marine archaeologist Mensun Bound, who is on the discovery expedition and has now fulfilled a dream ambition in his near 50-year career.

„It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation,“ he told BBC News.

The project to find the lost ship was mounted by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT), using a South African icebreaker, Agulhas II, and equipped with remotely operated submersibles.

The mission’s leader, the veteran polar geographer Dr John Shears, described the moment cameras landed on the ship’s name as „jaw-dropping“.

„The discovery of the wreck is an incredible achievement,“ he added.

„We have successfully completed the world’s most difficult shipwreck search, battling constantly shifting sea-ice, blizzards, and temperatures dropping down to -18C. We have achieved what many people said was impossible.“

Continued here.

The Endurance was trapped in sea-ice for months before sinking to the deep in 1915

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March 9, 2022, by oldbrew