Wreckage of a ship that sank over 100 years ago was found in the west of Antarctica

(ORDO NEWS) — A team of scientists during the expedition found the wreckage of the ship of the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. This was reported by France-Presse on Wednesday.

On February 5, the SA Agulhas II ship with 110 people on board set off from Cape Town to search for the sunken ship.

The wreckage of Endurance, as previously assumed, was discovered by scientists at a depth of about three thousand meters. According to the agency, members of the search group noted the “fantastic” degree of safety of the vessel.

History of the wreck by Ernest Shackleton

In 1915, the British Antarctic explorer Shackleton tried unsuccessfully to travel across Antarctica. His ship Endurance is stuck in the ice in the west of Antarctica.

The ship drifted for several months before being crushed by ice blocks. After the death of Endurance, all members of the expedition managed to escape on rowboats.

In 2019, during an expedition to the Weddell Sea, scientists almost reached the place where the ship was believed to have sunk, but the mission was prematurely completed due to adverse weather conditions.

The researchers assumed that the fragments could have been well preserved due to low temperatures, lack of sunlight and lack of oxygen.

Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), British Antarctic explorer. Member of the Antarctic expedition of Robert Scott on the ship Discovery (1901-1904).

The leader of the Antarctic expeditions (1907-1909, 1914-1917), during which the mountain range on Victoria Land, the Polar Plateau, the Beardmore Glacier were discovered, the coast of Coates Land was explored, etc.


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