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How I See It: 100 years later, this iconic shipwreck has been found!4 min read

March 24, 2022 3 min read


How I See It: 100 years later, this iconic shipwreck has been found!4 min read

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How I See It is a weekly column by our youngest member, Arav B.
While he writes about all things under the sun, his special interests are technology, science and sports.

Ernest Shackleton. Photo: Britannica

This is a true story, an Amelia Earhart-like tragedy occurred that occurred back in 1915. Ernest Shackleton, an Antarctic explorer, had visited the Southern Ocean on one of his expeditions. With winter approaching, the ship became trapped in pack ice, a strong type of ice that splintered the wood of the ship, which endangered the crew. This caused Shackleton to order his crew to abandon ship and live in rudimentary tents for the next few days. We can only imagine how the crew was living in tents for days in those extremely challenging weather conditions.

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The ship’s crew. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute

Shackleton and his crew trudged through the ice to Elephant Island, where they set up camp. Then, Shackleton took some of his crew to a nearby Norwegian-manned station, where they requested the rescue of their fellow crewmates. Fortunately, and to the surprise of the world, everyone on the ship survived, displaying the tenacity and perseverance of Shackleton and his crew, around the world.

What happened to the ship?

The Endurance was finally found in the Weddell Sea. Photo: Wikipedia

Unfortunately, the ship, named Endurance, wasn’t as lucky as its inhabitants, and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Although attempts had been made to locate the missing shipwreck, scientists had never found it, until now.

Finally, the researchers, enduring the difficulties of finding the ship, found it buried 3,000-metres-deep in the Weddell Sea. It is in great condition, as described by the finders. They departed from Cape Town, which is near Antarctica, in search of the Endurance. They named their ship Endurance22, after the name of the original ship and the current year.

The shipwreck. Photo: National Geographic

The video below gives you a glimpse into this amazing tale of survival.

Because of the Antarctic Treaty, which twelve countries have signed, the ship will stay where it is. In short, the Antarctic Treaty says that no country can claim Antarctica for its own. Instead, the countries will share it equally with all other countries for the purposes of scientific research. Therefore, scientists will map, photograph, and study the shipwreck while it lies at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. Polar exploration was taken to another level by Shackleton’s obsession with Antarctica, and now we have found the remains of his most famous ship.

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