Sunken treasure

Endurance: 5 stunning views of a legendary sunken ship

The ship was last seen in 1915, sparking a century-long mystery.

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On November 20, 1915, explorer Ernest Shackelton’s ship Endurance sank to the bottom of the Weddell Sea after months of being slowly crushed by Antarctic sea ice.

For more than 100 years, Endurance remained underwater, its exact location unknown.

But on March 9, an international expedition team announced that it had identified the vessel’s final resting place.

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Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

The Endurance22 Expedition team set sail aboard the South African polar research vessel S.A. Agulhas II in February.

The team employed autonomous underwater survey vehicles to scan the ocean and locate Endurance’s remains.

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The team discovered the wreck four miles south of the location that Endurance’s captain, Frank Worsley, recorded when it sank.

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And despite the time gone by, the remains of Endurance — already battered from being crushed by sea ice — are still in considerably good condition.

“This is by far the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen. It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation.”

Mensun Bound, director of the Endurance2022 expedition, in a statement.

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Here are 5 incredible views of the sunken ship:

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5. The name Endurance can still be seen on the ship’s stern, 106 years later.

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4. The ship still holds its shape, and sea creatures have found a home in the wreckage.

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3. An array of species have colonized the ship’s deck, too.

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2. Another view of Endurance’s wooden paneling.

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1. Endurance’s debris will be a continual subject of study for surveyors and researchers.

Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

The ship will stay in its watery grave for future exploration.

It’s protected as a historical site under the Antarctic Treaty, which prohibits people from touching or disturbing the wreckage — so don’t get your hopes up for a souvenir.