Archaeologists 'arrive at final location' of Shackleton’s ship – mystery set to be solved

Dan Snow, from History Hit TV, announced his arrival at what he suspected was the final destination of Endurance around 300-400 miles to the east of the Antarctic peninsula. He arrived as part of 35-day joint mission, Endurance 22, bringing together world-leading marine archaeologists, engineers, technicians and sea-ice scientists on a quest to find the notorious ship.

The mission is funded by The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT),

The vessel is thought to have become trapped and crushed by ice, and then sank in the Weddell Sea back in 1915.

Mr Snow said: “We have stopped after 3000 miles, leaving Cape Town 10 days ago, we have arrived at our destination.

“A stretch of frozen ocean, three or 400 miles to the east of the Antarctic peninsula…surrounded by sea ice.

“The reason we are here in this particular frozen stretch of ocean is because this is where Shackleton and his brilliant navigator Worsley, this is where they fixed the final position of Endurance as it sank through the ice.

“We are at 68° 38°degrees south and we’re at 52° 28° degrees west.

“Somewhere near here, within a few miles, is where Shackleton and his men watch Endurance sink.”

Winston Churchill ordered Shackleton to embark on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (the “Endurance Expedition”) to become the first ship to cross the White Continent from the Weddell Sea via the South Pole to the Ross Sea.

But the crew were forced to abandon the ship set up camp on the ice as they watched the vessel sink.

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Captain Frank Worsley who was travelling with Shackleton, wrote the coordinates of the sunken ship in his diary: “68°39’ 30”S, 52°26’30”W”.

Endurance 22 will also be the first ever expedition to use SAAB Sabertooth underwater vehicles to search for the wrecked ship.

The Sabertooths are remotely operated and can also operate autonomously.

They are able to reach sites up to 100 miles away from the ship they are deployed from – and can come back pictures, videos and survey data.

It is able to get the better of challenging sea ice conditions, which could mean that it the site of the wreck could be surveyed, even if the team cannot reach it themselves.

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The team of experts are travelling aboard the S.A. Agulhas II, which is one of the biggest modern polar research vessels on the globe.

Mr Snow said: “Now and for the next 10 days…we are about to deploy our drones into the sea, the open sea behind the ship, and we are going to begin the search for Endurance.

“Shackleton probably thought the story of Endurance was over when it sank beneath the waves on that day in November 1915.

“But in fact today, we may discover that that story has a new chapter.”