“The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust is pleased to confirm that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.” This is the headline that greeted us this morning as we followed a 3:58 a.m. email link to the Endurance22 Expedition website.
The ship was found within the search area that had been defined based on the records kept by Endurance‘s captain and navigator, Frank Worsley. She lies at a depth of 9,868 feet beneath the surface, and according to reports is perfectly preserved. “This is by far the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen. 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,” the expedition’s Director of Exploration Mensun Bound said.
Thank you to the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust for making the following video available.
Learn more at Endurance22.org.