The wreckage of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship “Endurance” has been found, a team searching for it said on Wednesday, March 9.
The ship was crushed by Antarctic ice and sank some 10,000 feet to the ocean floor more than a century ago.
The three-masted sailing ship was lost in November 1915 during Shackleton’s failed attempt to make the first land crossing of Antarctica.
Previous attempts to locate the wooden wreck had failed due to the hostile conditions of the ice-covered Weddell Sea under which it lies.
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However, the Endurance22 mission, organized by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, tracked down the vessel’s remains using advanced underwater vehicles fitted with high-definition cameras and scanners.
Video footage showed the ship in a remarkably good condition, with its name clearly visible on the stern.
The expedition found the “Endurance” four miles from the position recorded by its captain, Frank Worsley.
Despite being stranded on the ice, the 28-man crew of the “Endurance” made it back home alive and theirs is considered one of the great survival stories of human history.