Antarctic Expedition to Find Ernest Shackleton’s Lost Ship Set for Next Year

The Endurance stuck in the Antarctic ice.
Photo: Royal Geographic Society/Public Domain

Early next year, an international team of explorers will investigate the area in-and-around the massive iceberg that split away from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017. As an added bonus, the researchers will also attempt to locate the wreck of the Endurance, which sunk in 1915 as part of the ill-fated Shackleton expedition.

Led by the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), and funded by the Flotilla Foundation—a Netherlands-based charitable trust—the Antarctic Weddell Sea Expedition is scheduled to take place from January to February 2019, as reported by the BBC. Using the icebreaking polar supply and research vessel SA Agulhas II, the 45-day mission will truly be an international effort, involving researchers from the UK, the US, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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