Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost Endurance ship is a topic of legend. The ship went down in the Antarctic’s Weddell Sea during the explorer’s ill-fated 1914–17 expedition, marking the end of the “Heroic Age” of Antarctic exploration. There have been many attempts to locate the wreck over the years, with another set for early 2022.
Planning and fundraising for the expedition occurred in the years leading up to the Endurance setting sail from Plymouth in August 1914. After numerous stops on their way to the Weddell Sea, Shackleton and his crew of 27 entered the dangerous sea passage in January 1915.
The Endurance became trapped in sea-ice in the Weddell Sea for over 10 months before ultimately being crushed by the ice floes and sinking. Shackleton and his crew escaped on the ship’s lifeboats and made their way to Elephant Island on the northeast tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.