The hunt for Shackleton’s lost ice ship

The Falklands 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.

The hunt for Shackleton’s lost ice ship

The Expedition

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 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.

Antarctica Map | Endurance22

Endurance Search Area

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Expedition members paying their respects at the Grytviken Cemetery, South Georgia, final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Photo @EstherHorvath3

The subsea team – “All of them showed a huge commitment and resilience, worthy of the finest tradition of polar exploration.”- Nico Vincent (photo @EstherHorvath3)

“State of the art subsea technologies have been deployed to achieve this successful outcome. I would particularly like to thank the Ocean Infinity subsea team for all of the engineering support, both on board the ship and throughout the months of planning, design and testing.”

“This has been the most complex subsea project ever undertaken, with several world records achieved to ensure the safe detection of Endurance." – Nico Vincent, Subsea Project Manager