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What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance and where did it sink?

SCIENTISTS have found and filmed the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship 107 years after it sank.

But what happened to the endurance of the doomed ship and its crew, and where did the boat sink?

The lost ship has not been seen since it sank on November 21, 1915

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The lost ship has not been seen since it sank on November 21, 1915Credit: JOHN McLELLAN

What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s ship?

The Anglo-Irish explorer’s missing ship has not been seen since it sank in the Weddell Sea on November 21, 1915.

Sir Ernest began his maiden voyage across the South Pole aboard the Endurance, a three-masted barquentine 144 ft tall.

However, the ship was trapped in sea ice off Antarctica, where it remained stationary in freezing temperatures for 10 months.

In the end, Ernest and his crew had to abandon the mission when the ice pushed and crushed the hull eventually causing the ship to sink.

“She’s gone, friends,” cried the voice. “It’s time to go.”

Miraculously, the brave explorer brought his men to safety on foot and in small lifeboats.

Last month, the Endurance22 Expedition set sail from Cape Town in South Africa on a mission to find the ship – a month after the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest’s death.

And Endurance was finally discovered on Saturday at a depth of 3,008 meters and about four miles south of the position recorded by the ship’s captain Frank Worsley, according to the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust.

Although the wreck had been in the water for more than a century, the expedition’s director of exploration said the Endurance was “the best wooden shipwreck to date” he had ever seen.

Mensun Bound, who has now fulfilled the dream of his nearly 50-year career, said: “We were truly overwhelmed by our luck in locating and capturing Endurance’s images.

Historian and TV presenter Dan Snow said of the find: “The wreck is very tight, in an amazing state of preservation.

“The Antarctic seabed is devoid of any wood-eating microorganisms, the water has the clarity of distilled water.

“We were able to film the wreck in super high definition. The results were magical.”

The expedition's director of exploration said the Endurance was'the best wooden shipwreck to date' he had ever seen

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The expedition’s director of exploration said the Endurance was ‘the best wooden shipwreck to date’ he had ever seenCredit: PA
Endurance was finally discovered on Saturday at a depth of 3,008 meters

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Endurance was finally discovered on Saturday at a depth of 3,008 metersCredit: PA

Where does Endurance sink?

Endurance left the island of South Georgia for the South Pole on December 5, 1914, with 27 men plus one stowaways and 69 dogs.

The goal of going to Antarctica was to establish a base on the Weddell coast of Antarctica, south of the Falkland Islands.

From there, the crew will make the maiden voyage across the continent, eventually ending in the Ross Sea, south of New Zealand.

Endurance fought thousands of icy miles over a six-week period but was stuck in the sails a day away from her destination.

It eventually sank 3,000 meters to the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

The ship was found by scientists about four miles south of Captain Worsley’s original location.

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Who is Earnest Shackleton?

Sir Ernest was an Anglo-Irish explorer who made three attempts to reach the South Pole, most famously aboard the Endurance.

He served in the British Army during World War I.

Bored in 1874, Sir Ernest first joined an expedition to the South Pole in 1901 but was sent home early due to ill health.

Devoted to creating a legacy, he led a Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914 – his third attempt to reach the South Pole.

Disaster struck when he and his crew were stranded even though they all miraculously survived the ordeal.

Sir Ernest finally saved the crew after they reached Elephant Island which had been drifting on the ice for months.

He died at the age of 37 at the beginning of his fourth expedition from South Georgia in January 1922.

Sir Ernest Shackleton has embarked on the first sea crossing over the South Pole

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Sir Ernest Shackleton has embarked on the first sea crossing over the South PoleCredit: Getty – Contributor

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