Finding Shackleton’s lost ice ship
In March 2022 the Endurance22 Expedition successfully located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which had not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
The hunt for Shackleton’s lost ice ship
In February and March 2022, a major international scientific expedition explored one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, in a quest to find the Endurance. Using underwater robots, helicopters and other state-of-the-art technology, the Endurance22 expedition was the first to locate and survey Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship which sank in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica in 1915.
The Expedition Vessel
The Endurance22 expedition provided an unprecedented opportunity to explore one of the most remote and least studied places on our planet in a quest to uncover the lost secrets of the Endurance. Carrying a team of over 65 members, the mission was conducted from the South African polar research and logistics vessel, S.A. Agulhas II.
The Search Area
The approximate location of Endurance was logged by the ship’s captain, Frank Worsley, using a sextant and a theodolite at the spot where she eventually sank in 1915, after becoming trapped and eventually crushed by the thick sea ice of the Weddell Sea. The Endurance22 expedition team used this information to get as close as possible to the Endurance wreck site.