The ship Endurance of the legendary British polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was discovered at a depth of 3,008 meters in the sea off Antarctica. This was announced by an expedition team led by British marine archaeologist Minson Pound (69) on Wednesday.
“We were very lucky to locate the ability and take pictures of it,” the researcher said. “This is by far the best wooden shipwreck I’ve ever seen.”
The expedition leader explains that the stamina is lying in the water and is in great shape. So the site is about six and a half kilometers from the point where the ship was slowly crushed by an ice pack in 1915 CNN mentioned.
Shackleton’s team survived despite the inhumane conditions
On February 5, 2022, Pound and his team set sail from Cape Town on the South African icebreaker Agulhas II. He wanted to find stamina before the summer was over. He did it sooner than he had hoped.
The almost 44-meter endurance took part in Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition in 1914-1917. However, the ship froze in the choppy Antarctic Ocean and remained stationary for ten months before crashing into ice and sinking in 1915.
Shackleton’s journey, though unsuccessful, became a legend. The reason: The researcher and his team were able to escape from hostile Antarctica despite the harsh cold and inhumane conditions. After the ship sank, the team camped out on the sea ice until it broke and the sea way out again.
“In the worst part of the worst sea in the world”
Then the expedition team left for Elephant Island in lifeboats. Another stop for help was the island of South Georgia, about 1,400 kilometers east of the Falkland Islands. Despite the extremely harsh conditions, the entire expedition team survived.
Shackleton said Endurance sank “in the worst part of the worst sea on earth”. To this day, the place is one of the most difficult to navigate marine areas in the world.
Marine archaeologist Pound and colleagues used underwater drones to locate and photograph the Stamina wreck. Meanwhile, the team returned to Cape Town. (OBF / AFP)
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