9th March 2022
Maritime Heritage Trust
is pleased to confirm
that the Endurance22 Expedition
has located the wreck of Endurance,
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship
which has not been seen
since it was crushed by the ice
and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
One hundred years after Shackleton’s death,
Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea,
within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town,
and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley.
The team worked from the South African polar research and logistics vessel, S.A. Agulhas II,
owned by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment
and under Master, Capt. Knowledge Bengu,
using Saab’s Sabertooth hybrid underwater search vehicles.
The wreck is protected as a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty,
ensuring that whilst the wreck is being surveyed and filmed
it will not be touched or disturbed in any way.