Ship That Sank Over 100 Years Ago Was Found Almost Intact Under The Sea In The Antarctica

A ship named Endurance belonging to the Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton has been found off the coast of Antarctica by explorers. The ship sank over a century ago in the Wendell Sea off the coast of Antarctica.

According to reports, the Endurance was trapped in Antarctica by a dense pack of ice while on a voyage in 1915, and Shackleton and his crew were forced to make a stunning escape.

The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust organized an expedition to find the sunken ship after 107 years, and Mensun Bound, the director of the expedition for the organization, has said that the ship is virtually intact.

 

A phone call was reportedly placed to Mesun Bound on Wednesday, and he reportedly said that the preservation of the ship was beyond imagination, as the ship’s name was still visible across the stern.

He also said that the ship looked beautiful and that in the 30 years he spent working on these kinds of expeditions, he had never seen a shipwreck as beautiful as the latest discovery.

According to the news, the cold temperature of the Weddell Sea could have played a key role in the way the shipwreck was preserved, as the sea is well below zero degrees. This means that there were no wood-eating microbes or microorganisms that came into contact with the ship.

Ernest Shackleton died in 1922, and the shipwreck discovery is happening 100 years after his death. He set out with his crew in late 1914 to achieve the first land crossing of Antarctica shortly after World War I started.

Ernest Shackleton and his crew did not reach land, as their ship became trapped for 10 months in an area with dense-packed ice. The 28 men on board eventually had to abandon the ship as they escaped on foot and in lifeboats.

 

A captain named Frank Worsely marked down the coordinates where the “Endurance” sank, and those written coordinates were instrumental in helping the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust discover the vessel.

The “Endurance” was found trapped under the Weddell Sea at a depth of 10,000 ft., weeks after launching the expedition in early February.

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