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Endurance discovered in Antarctica after 107 years

The wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance has been discovered off the coast of Antarctica after more than 100 years.

Astonishing new footage shows the famous explorer’s long-lost vessel, which was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

It was found at a depth of 3,008 metres and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by the ship’s Captain Frank Worsley, according to the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust.

Amazingly, Endurance appears to be largely intact after a century underwater. The name is even still arced across the stern, directly below the taffrail.

The discovery has been named ‘a milestone in polar history’ by the team sent out to search for it.

The Endurance22 Expedition set off from Cape Town, South Africa, a month after the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest’s death.

‘We are overwhelmed by our good fortune in having located and captured images of Endurance’, the expedition’s director of exploration, Mensun Bound, said today.

Ernest Shackleton?s ship Endurance discovered in Antarctica after 107 years
Amazingly, the name of the ship is still visible a century later (Picture: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust)
Undated handout photo issued by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust of the standard bow on 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. One hundred years after Shackleton's death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley. Issue date: Wednesday March 9, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story HERITAGE Shackleton . Photo credit should read: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Geographic/PA Wire OTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
It was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915 (Picture: PA)
Undated handout photo issued by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust of photos, video and laser pictures of Endurance displayed in the control room on board of S.A.Agulhas II during the expedition to find 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. One hundred years after Shackleton's death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley. Issue date: Wednesday March 9, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story HERITAGE Shackleton . Photo credit should read: Esther Horvath/Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/PA Wire OTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Laser pictures of Endurance displayed in the control room on board of S.A.Agulhas II during the expedition to find the wreck (Picture: PA)

‘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.’

Mr Bound paid tribute to the ‘navigational skills’ of Captain Worsley and said he hoped the ‘discovery will engage young people and inspire them with the pioneering spirit, courage and fortitude of those who sailed Endurance’.

Endurance was first launched in 1912 from Sandefjord in Norway as Sir Ernest and his crew set out to achieve the first land crossing of Antarctica.

But the 28 men on board were forced to abandon ship when she eventually became trapped in dense pack ice. All of the crew survived.

Sir Ernest has been hailed as one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Dr John Shears, the expedition leader, said: ‘The Endurance22 expedition has reached its goal.

Undated handout photo issued by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust of the taffrail, ship's wheel and aft well deck on 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. One hundred years after Shackleton's death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley. Issue date: Wednesday March 9, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story HERITAGE Shackleton . Photo credit should read: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Georgraphic/PA Wire OTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
‘Polar history has been made’ with the discovery of Endurance, the expedition leader said (Picture: PA)
The 'Endurance' leaning to one side during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton. (Photo by Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images)
It was found approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Frank Worsley (Picture: Getty Images)
Ernest Shackleton with dog on board ship, Antarctica, 1914. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916 (Weddell Sea Party). (Photo by Frank Hurley/Royal Geographical Society via Getty Images)
Ernest Shackleton with dog on board his ship in Antarctica, 1914 (Picture: Royal Geographical Society)
Undated handout photo issued by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust of Menson Bound, Director of Exploration of Endurance22 expedition (left) and John Shears, Expedition Leader, on the sea ice of Weddell Sea, in the Antarctic with S.A. Agulhas II, during the expedition to find 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. One hundred years after Shackleton's death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley. Issue date: Wednesday March 9, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story HERITAGE Shackleton . Photo credit should read: Esther Horvath/Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/PA Wire OTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The mission to find the long-lost vessel launched a month after the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest’s death (Picture: PA)
Undated handout photo issued by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust of (left to right) John Shears, Expedition Leader, Mensun Bound, Director of Exploration, Nico Vincent, Expedition Sub-Sea Manager, J.C. Caillens, Off-Shore Manager, holding the first scan of the Endurance wreckage alongside photos from Frank Hurley, during the expedition to find 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. One hundred years after Shackleton's death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley. Issue date: Wednesday March 9, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story HERITAGE Shackleton . Photo credit should read: Esther Horvath/Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/PA Wire OTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
John Shears, Expedition Leader, Mensun Bound, Director of Exploration, Nico Vincent, Expedition Sub-Sea Manager, J.C. Caillens, Off-Shore Manager, holding the first scan of the Endurance wreckage (Picture: PA)

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

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

‘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.’

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