Zuidpoolzoektocht naar Shackletons Endurance
January 30, 2019 -- Zuidpoolverkenners proberen het wrak te vinden van Ernest Shackletons beroemde schip Endurance, dat in 1915 tijdens zijn noodlottige poging
om de Zuidpool te bereiken, verging.
The Endurance was trapped in pack ice and eventually sank 3,000m under the Weddell Sea.
The Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, led by an international team of scientists from Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute, have deployed the SA Agulhas II polar research vessel to the wreck site.
When they reach the last known location of the Endurance, they will use the Hugin 6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to scan the seafloor for the ship.
The spot where the vessel went down is known with some precision, thanks to the coordinates recorded by Frank Worsley, Shackleton’s skipper and master navigator.
Shackleton’s 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set out to complete the first land crossing of Antarctica, but after Endurance became trapped,the crew had to abandon ship. Shackleton and five of his men eventually escaped across the Southern Ocean, enabling the rescue of the rest of the crew, in a journey regarded as an epic feat of survival.