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Search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance ship called off

Image copyright F.HURLEY/SPRI Image caption The Endurance’s ill-fated voyage marked the end of the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration The attempt this week to find Sir Ernest Shackleton’s missing ship, the Endurance, has ended – without success. A UK-led expedition to the Weddell Sea sent a sub to the ocean floor to look for the sunken polar yacht, but this robot was itself lost in the process. The team has now withdrawn from the area because of deteriorating weather and ice conditions. Shackleton and his crew were forced to give…

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Endurance: Search for Shackleton’s lost ship begins

Image copyright RGS Image caption Endurance just before it sank: Crushed at the stern, it went down bow first Antarctic scientists seeking to locate the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, the Endurance, have arrived at the search site. The team broke through thick pack ice on Sunday to reach the vessel’s last known position in the Weddell Sea. Robotic submersibles will now spend the next few days scouring the ocean floor for the maritime icon. Shackleton and his crew had to abandon Endurance in 1915 when it was…

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Antarctic Weddell expedition targets Shackleton’s lost ship

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProf Julian Dowdeswell: “I must stress: sea-ice conditions are always difficult in the Weddell Sea” A scientific expedition in the Antarctic is set to depart its current location to go in search of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship. The team has been investigating the Larsen C Ice Shelf and the continent’s biggest iceberg, known as A68. And this puts it just a few hundred km from the last recorded position of the famous British explorer’s vessel, the Endurance. The polar steam-yacht was…

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