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Scientists have discovered and videotaped one of the world’s most significant unknown shipwrecks, 107 years after it went down in the ocean. The Endurance, the ill-fated ship of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was discovered at the Weddell Sea’s bottom over the weekend.
After being smashed by sea ice and sinking in 1915, Shackleton and his crew were forced to attempt an incredible escape on foot and in tiny boats. Endurance’s remains are seen to be in extraordinary shape in a video of the scene. Even though it has been submerged under 3km (10,000ft) of water for more than a century, it still appears exactly as it did in November; it went down.
The ship’s timbers, while splintered, are still remarkably intact, and the name – Endurance – is visible on the stern of the vessel.
In the words of marine archaeologist Mensun Bound, who is accompanying the discovery expedition and has finally realized a lifelong goal in his almost 50-year career: “Without any exaggeration, this is the best wooden wreckage I have ever seen.” The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT) spearheaded the search for the missing ship, which was carried out on a South African icebreaker, the Agulhas II, which was outfitted with remotely controlled submersibles to aid in the search.
As reported by the mission’s commander, polar geographer Dr. John Shears, the “jaw-dropping” moment when the cameras landed on the ship’s name was captured was “awe-inspiring.”
In addition, he said that “the finding of the wreck is a tremendous feat.”
“We have successfully finished the world’s most challenging shipwreck search, even though we had to contend with continually changing sea ice, blizzards, and temperatures as low as -18 degrees Celsius. We have accomplished something that many people believed was impossible.”
What Was The Location Of The Ship’s Discovery?
The wreck of Endurance was located in the Weddell Sea at a depth of 3,008 meters.
For more than two weeks, they scoured a specific search region. They researched a range of intriguing topics until finally locating the wreck site on Saturday, the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s death, which coincided with the search. It was necessary to take detailed images of the timbers and surrounding debris fields within the first several days after the discovery, which were subsequently studied.
It is forbidden to damage the wreck itself, which is designated as a national monument under the International Antarctic Treaty and protected as such. As a result, no physical artifacts have been found on the surface, indicating cleanliness.