Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Endurance Found

This is stunning:
The wreck of Endurance has been found in the Antarctic, 106 years after the historic ship was crushed in pack ice and sank during an expedition by the explorer Ernest Shackleton.

A team of adventurers, marine archaeologists and technicians located the wreck at the bottom of the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, using undersea drones. Battling sea ice and freezing temperatures, the team had been searching for more than two weeks in a 150-square-mile area around where the ship went down in 1915.

I'm guessing that most of you, like me, have read books about Shackleton's expedition, and I know I've mentioned it multiple times over the years. I know I have this somewhere: The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (there are many amazing photos). 

The ship is incredibly well-preserved because of the water temperatures, so the images in the article linked at the top of the post are spectacular (it's an NY Times article, so hopefully you can access it).

Alternate stories if you hit a paywall:
‘Like Time Travel’: The Discovery of Shackleton’s Endurance
Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic (a BBC article, and excellent)

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