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Ship ship hooray Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, Endurance, discovered off the coast of Antarctica

"We have made polar history with the discovery of Endurance, and successfully completed the world’s most challenging shipwreck search"

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The wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance, has been discovered off the coast of Antarctica, just one month after the 100th anniversary of the famous Irish explorer's death. 

The ship that has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915, has been found at a depth of 3,008 metres.

The amazing news broke just over a month after the Endurance22 Expedition set off from Cape Town, South Africa on a mission to locate the vessel.

It was found almost approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by the vessel’s Captain, Frank Worsley.

Dr John Shears, the expedition leader, said the Endurance22 expedition had reached its goal.

“We have made polar history with the discovery of Endurance, and successfully completed the world’s most challenging shipwreck search,” he said.

“In addition, we have undertaken important scientific research in a part of the world that directly affects the global climate and environment.

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The expedition’s director of exploration described it as “by far the finest wooden shipwreck” he has seen

The expedition’s director of exploration described it as “by far the finest wooden shipwreck” he has seen

The expedition’s director of exploration described it as “by far the finest wooden shipwreck” he has seen

“We have also conducted an unprecedented educational outreach programme, with live broadcasting from on board, allowing new generations from around the world to engage with Endurance22 and become inspired by the amazing stories of polar exploration, and what human beings can achieve and the obstacles they can overcome when they work together.”

The expedition’s director of exploration described it as “by far the finest wooden shipwreck” he has seen.

“We are overwhelmed by our good fortune in having located and captured images of Endurance,” Mensun Bound said.

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“It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation. You can even see ‘Endurance’ arced across the stern, directly below the taffrail. This is a milestone in polar history.

“However, it is not all about the past; we are bringing the story of Shackleton and Endurance to new audiences, and to the next generation, who will be entrusted with the essential safeguarding of our polar regions and our planet.

“We hope our discovery will engage young people and inspire them with the pioneering spirit, courage and fortitude of those who sailed Endurance to Antarctica.

WWe pay tribute to the navigational skills of Captain Frank Worsley, the captain of the Endurance, whose detailed records were invaluable in our quest to locate the wreck.”

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow said the wreck was in an “astonishing state of preservation."

He tweeted: “The wreck is coherent, in an astonishing state of preservation. The Antarctic seabed does not have any wood eating micro-organisms, the water has the clarity of distilled water. We were able to film the wreck in super high definition. The results are magical Endurance22.”

He added that nothing had been retrieved from the wreck: “Nothing was touched on the wreck. Nothing retrieved.

"It was surveyed using the latest tools and its position confirmed. It is protected by the Antarctic Treaty. Nor did we wish to tamper with it.”

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