A staff of marine archeologists, adventurers, and technicians on the icebreaking analysis vessel SA Agulhas II, battled shifting sea ice, blizzards, and temperatures that dropped to -18 levels C, for over two weeks, earlier than discovering the sunken ship. Utilizing undersea drones, the shipwreck of the Endurance was situated 10,000 toes under the ice-covered floor of the Weddell Sea.
“With none exaggeration, that is the best wood shipwreck I’ve ever seen – by far,” stated marine archaeologist Mensun Sure, who’s on the invention expedition and has now fulfilled a dream ambition in his almost 50-year profession.
Its timbers, though broken by the sinking, are nonetheless very a lot collectively, and the identify – Endurance – is clearly seen on the strict.
“It’s upright, nicely happy with the seabed, intact, and in an excellent state of preservation,” he informed BBC Information.
Endurance was the three-masted barquentine during which Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 males and one cat sailed for the Antarctic on the 1914–1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. She was launched in 1912 from Sandefjord in Norway. Three years later, she was crushed by pack ice and sank within the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. All of her crew survived. Shackleton could also be finest remembered for main an epic 720-nautical-mile open-boat journey to a South Georgia whaling station to rearrange for the rescue of his crew.
Because of Alaric Bond, David Rye, and Karen Lorentz for contributing to this put up.