More than a century ago, the iconic expedition vessel, Endurance, sank off the coast of Antarctica. Now, a team aboard the SA Agulhas II, with support from a South African helicopter business, is going in search of it. Business Insider reports that the Endurance, a sail and steam-powered vessel constructed in 1912, carried Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men to South Georgia, an island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, roughly 1,500km east of the Falkland Islands, in November 1914. But the Endurance encountered trouble almost immediately after leaving South Georgia en route to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, and sank. Though the crew survived, the Endurance’s exact location remains unknown and that’s what the Endurance22 Expedition, which leaves Cape Town on Saturday 5 February, hopes to find out, 107 years later.
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