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Search for the wreck of a legendary ship completed

Last week’s attempt to find the wreck of the Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s lost ship, failed. An expedition, organised by the UK, was tasked with searching the waters of the Weddell Sea, but unfortunately the robot used to do so… disappeared. The constantly worsening weather conditions and increasing ice cover did not make the search
Published: February 18, 2019 - 20:25
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:53
Search for the wreck of a legendary ship completed

Last week’s attempt to find the wreck of the Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s lost ship, failed. An expedition, organised by the UK, was tasked with searching the waters of the Weddell Sea, but unfortunately the robot used to do so… disappeared.

The constantly worsening weather conditions and increasing ice cover did not make the search any easier and, as a result, the search was abandoned. In 1915, it was the ice that forced Shackelton and his crew to abandon the stranded Endurance.

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Their journey back across the Antarctic ice, on foot and in lifeboats, is an incredible story of bravery, courage and the will to survive that lies within human beings. The idea of finding the remains of the Endurance has been on the minds of historians and marine archaeologists for decades.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”We are very disappointed that our expedition was not successful in finding Endurance. Like Shackleton before us, who said of this place – the worst part, the worst sea in the world – we were defeated by the ice.” – said Mensun Bound, exploration director of Weddell Sea Expedition 2019.[/blockquote]

The reasons for the loss of communication with the AUV robot are also unclear. It could have occurred through bad weather conditions or as a result of component failure. Unfortunately, at this point any version is just a hypothesis.

The search for Shackleton ‘s lost ship, however, was just an add-on, to the main objective of the 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition. That one was to explore the nearby Larsen C glacier, from which a giant iceberg, known as A68, separated in 2017.

Source: bbc.com

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