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Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance found off Antarctica

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If you’re captivated by stories of historic exploration then hold onto your seat. Scientists have found and filmed one of the greatest ever undiscovered shipwrecks 107 years after it sank.

This weekend, The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats.

Video of the remains show Endurance to be in remarkable condition.

“Without any exaggeration this is the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen – by far,” said marine archaeologist Mensun Bound, who is on the discovery expedition and has now fulfilled a dream ambition in his near 50-year career.

“It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation,” he told BBC News – see their fascinating coverage here by Jonathan Amos Science correspondent @BBCAmoson Twitter

The discover was uncovered on the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s funeral but it won’t be raised to the surface. The wreck is a designated monument under the international Antarctic Treaty and must not be disturbed in any way.

And so, a fascinating chapter in the story of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition!

Inspired by Shackleton?

For many people it’s the stories of historic voyages like Shackleton’s that first sparks their imagination to visit places such as Antarctica.
We work with some incredible partners to make this a reality.
As the expedition team explored the depths of the Weddell Sea for the ENDURANCE wreck over the weekend, another crew, from one of our tall ship partners, was walking the Shackleton Walk on South Georgia – being the last miles of his heroic sail & walk from Elephant Island towards the whaling station Stromness for finding help to save the rest of his crew on Elephant Island. Magical to share such a moment in time.
Here’s a photo from one of their Antarctica voyages which take place most years between November and March and that members of the public can join, without sailing experience, as ‘guest crew’.
Antarctica Voyages
Helping people to take part in unusual experiences like this is what we’re all about. So if you’re interested in exploring Antarctica, South Georgia et al – be it on a tall ship, an expedition, a ski journey or a cultural experience then follow the link to see some journeys you can join or complete the form below to get in touch with Larissa and discuss your options! 
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Hi I’m Larissa, Founder of Another World Adventures. Welcome! If you’re planning an adventure you’re in the right place. Get ready to discover epic travel inspo and a collection of hand-picked trips from my trusted network of experienced adventure experts. Think unusual destinations, expeditions, slow, solo and sustainable travel and epic journeys on land and at sea! Ever got a question? Just get in touch, I answer every enquiry myself. Enjoy!

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