Remembering Ernest Shackleton's extraordinary feat of endurance
The wreckage of the Endurance has finally been discovered after 107 years
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There are many examples of the human spirit triumphing over adversity, when in dangerous and extreme situations extraordinary feats of survival and endurance take place against almost impossible odds. One such event often exemplified is the remarkable story of the 17-day voyage in treacherous and freezing seas undertaken by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and five crew members in what's been described as one of the greatest boat journeys ever accomplished.
Shackleton's crew lost a famous ship called the Endurance after it became wedged in the ice during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914–1917. They were forced to abandon the ship in November 1915 as it became crushed by moving ice. It was left to sink to the bottom of the freezing Weddell Sea, never to be seen again. That is, until the Endurance22 Expedition finally located the boat in March of 2022, 107 years after it was last seen. The Endurance was found less than four miles (6 km) from the position recorded by its captain in 1915, at a depth of 9,867ft (3,008m).
Intrigued to learn more about the man who traversed the most unforgiving landscape in the world? Click through the following gallery for a reminder of just what can be achieved in the face of hardship and misfortune.
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