The loss of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance is the stuff of legend. She was crushed in the ice of the Weddell Sea in 1915. The subsequent escape of Shackleton and his men is an epic of heroism and survival.
“Well, what about the Endurance,” was the seed of the challenge suggested by a good friend of maritime archeologist Mensun Bound when they met in south Kensington at Caffe Nero, for a coffee in the summer of August 2012.
Falklands marine archaeologist, Mensun Bound, received a lifetime achievement award on September 14 on behalf of the Atlantic Youth Trust. The award was presented by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, at a gala dinner in Montecarlo. 2022 marks the 40th year since Mensun began directing underwater archaeological excavations.
A 500m perimeter is being implemented to aid the protection of Endurance, the ship famously lost in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton. The vessel's position on the Weddell Sea floor was finally identified in March, 107 years after its sinking.
Falkland Islander marine archaeologist, Mensun Bound, who became famous when the discovery last March of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, will be talking about the historical expedition to Cunard line passengers.
By Sean Kingsley for Wreckwatch magazine* – Mensun Bound is a fifth-generation Falkland Islander, born to the sea and its mysteries. By fusing academia with firing the public imagination, he creates buzz after buzz around underwater archaeology. In the 1980s he set up and directed Oxford University MARE, England’s first academic maritime archaeological unit, and in 1994 was appointed the Triton Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at St Peter’s College, Oxford.
The Endurance22 expedition will receive Reach the World’s 2022 Cronkite Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Reach the World will present the award at its Annual Benefit in New York City on July 20, 2022.
Mensun Bound, who as Director of Exploration of the team that on March 5 discovered Sir Ernest Shackleton’s sunken ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea, will deliver talks onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in 2022 and 2023.
The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust confirmed on Wednesday that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
Today, February 5th at 0700 GMT, a chunky, cherry-red ice breaker nosed its way out of Cape Town’s famous Table Bay, and shaped a course for Antarctica, 3000 nautical miles to the South West.