The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust has announced an expedition to find the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance.
The trust hopes to find, film, and survey the wreck in a non-intrusive way since it is protected as a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty.
Due to its protected nature, the expedition needs to receive proper approval from the British authorities. Once approved and subject to any COVID-19 restrictions, the expedition is scheduled to depart from Cape Town, South Africa, at the beginning of February 2022, aboard the SA Agulhas II research ship.
Taking part in the expedition will be Explorers Club President Richard Garriott, who stated:
“Endurance22 is undoubtedly one of the most significant expeditions undertaken in recent times. Endurance cannot be rivalled as the embodiment of historic polar exploration, and the sheer determination, quest for knowledge, and sacrifice that Shackleton’s most famous expedition is remembered for. It is a hugely exciting project and the deep-sea exploration, educational and scientific objectives at the heart of it have the potential to inform and influence thousands of young people around the world. On behalf of the Explorers Club, I am delighted that one of our Club flags will accompany this prestigious expedition.”
Check out a Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust video of the SA Agulhas II here.