The missing ship of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton has been discovered in Antarctica

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Scientists over the weekend found one of the most famous shipwrecks to date, the Endurance, which sank 107 years ago, the BBC reports.

The ship was found at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in the South Atlantic. The ship, belonging to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, became trapped in ice in February 1915 and the crew had to flee the ship.

Now scientists have found the ship and managed to film it. The video shows that although the ship has been in deep water for a century, it is in one piece and upright. The ship is well-preserved and looks much as it did when it sank. Smaller items such as boots and ceramic crockery were also caught on video.

Geographer John Shears, head of the search, said they had completed the search for the world's most complex shipwreck. The search was difficult and constantly had to contend with sea ice, snowstorms, and sub-zero temperatures. Finding the ship was an incredible achievement, he said.

The wreck is important firstly because the Shackleton expedition was the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. However, this goal was not achieved because the ship Endurance became trapped in sea ice. Shackleton managed to miraculously rescue his crew, but to do so, the Irish-English explorer himself had to get across the choppy sea in a small lifeboat to call for help.

On the other hand, finding the wreck is a great event because it has been extremely difficult to find. The Weddell Sea is covered in thick sea ice for most of the year, and even getting to the presumed sinking site was difficult enough, let alone search. However, sea ice around Antarctica has fallen to its smallest extent since the early 1970s in the last month. As a result, the conditions for finding the wreck were unexpectedly good.

The wreck is a monument under the International Antarctic Treaty and its tranquillity must not be disturbed in any way. As a result, the objects on board are unable to reach the surface.
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