It has taken 106 years, but they have finally managed to salvage the remains of the Endurance, the ship manned by Ernest Shackleton that sank after becoming trapped in a floating ice sheet in Antarctica.
The wreck was found in a search expedition organized by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust. Those responsible for the mission, called Endurance22 and cost $10 million, they announced the discovery on Twitter on March 8.
The Endurance appeared in the Weddell Sea at a depth of 3,000 meters and as we can see in the images, the ship is still in good condition, although colonized by all kinds of underwater life.
The good condition of the ship is due to the low sea temperatures, which have prevented the accumulation of organisms that could decompose the wood.
Endurance is Found pic.twitter.com/e8VxYhmUCb
— Endurance22 (@Endurance_22) March 9, 2022
The mission team, made up of technicians and marine archaeologists, has used underwater drones to carry out the search that finally ended in a discovery.
Behold! #ENDURANCE The lost ship of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest #Shackleton has been found on the floor of the Weddell Sea. After more than two weeks of searching, the @Endurance_22 project found the ship on Saturday. https://t.co/klujpcPGeH pic.twitter.com/XH2XFwDmHw
— Jonathan Amos (@BBCAmos) March 9, 2022
The story of the wreck of the Endurance is one of the most iconic. English explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton and crew were traveling on the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition, which aspired to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent by land.
After months at sea, the Endurance became trapped in dense ice floe. Shackleton and his 27-man crew had to abandon ship, becoming stranded on drifting sea ice.
The commander knew how to lead his crew and get everyone to return alive, after 21 months trapped, first in the ice pack and then on an island completely covered with glaciers called Elephant Island. For this reason Shackleton has been one of the best-known figures in the field of leadership and self-improvement.