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Will anyone ever find Shackleton's lost ship?

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It's going to take a monumental effort to locate the iconic ship of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.

This is the conclusion of scientists who tried and failed last year to find the Endurance, which sank in 3,000m of water in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

The team says the sea-ice in the area above the wreck site is nearly always thick and extensive.

It means most expeditions would struggle even to get close enough to begin a search.

The Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 did amazingly well, reaching the recognised wreck location and launching an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to survey the ocean floor.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52376090?

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quiXilver

He lost his ship in spite of his legendary fortitude (folly) and considerable expertise.

Any attempts to reach said vessel should expect to encounter an equal degree of outrageous difficulty and challenge in reaching it...

 

There are reasons why certain areas of earth remain pristine.  They are utterly inhospitable to prolonged human activity.

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Jon the frog
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Would be awesome that most of it sank at the same place. The Endurance was crushed and is probably scattered by the ice shelf, It will be more easy to find traces of it but to identify without finding the main wreck will be difficult. The Antarctic sank in the Weddel sea too and probably other ships like whaling ships. Maybe they will find some surprising stuff!

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DieChecker

If it has ice over it most of the time, I'd set up a camp on the ice. I'd attack anchors to the ice underneath, to prevent to fast of movement, and chop a hole big enough to launch and return the UAVs.

Sounds like they are getting close though.

Remarkable Shackleton lost no one in the wreck, and afterward.

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Torviking

I would do what Nansen did. It may take quite a long time, but the ship will eventually come out of the other side due to the Arctic current.

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Festina

Expensive adventuring for what purpose?  Curiosity?  What important information would they gain from its discovery?  None.  

Some people just need to be noticed — at any cost. 

The story however is very worthy of knowing. A most excellent read and the photographs — Yummy. 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/537375.The_Endurance

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