It took over a century to locate the remains of the ship. Just last month, an expedition called Endurance22 began in Cape Town, South Africa, a month after the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s death. The journey of the SA Agulhas II ship, that departed from South Africa, could be followed on a dedicated website day by day.
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship was found on March 5, 2022, off the coast in Antarctica, at a depth of 3,008 meters (9,867 ft), and approximately 6.4 km (4 mi) south of the position originally recorded by the ship’s Captain, Frank Worsley.
Endurance22’s expedition leader Dr. John Shears said via The Guardian: “The Endurance22 expedition has reached its goal. We have made polar history with the discovery of Endurance, and successfully completed the world’s most challenging shipwreck search."
He continued: “In addition, we have undertaken important scientific research in a part of the world that directly affects the global climate and environment.”
The Antarctic expedition team noted that the ship remained intact. The expedition’s director of exploration said it’s “by far the finest wooden shipwreck” he has seen.
Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow said the wreck was in an “astonishing state of preservation.” He added via Twitter: “Nothing was touched on the wreck. Nothing retrieved. It was surveyed using the latest tools and its position confirmed. It is protected by the Antarctic Treaty. Nor did we wish to tamper with it.”