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The wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, Endurance, has been found almost 10,000 feet down in the ocean.

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The lost ship of Ernest Shackleton has been found over a century after it sank.

In 1915, the Endurance was trapped by pack ice and had to make a dramatic escape.

The wooden vessel has been found and is almost intact, said Mensun Bound, the director of exploration at the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust.

Bound told NBC News that the ship's name could still be seen across the stern.

The Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s ship, has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915. (Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust / National Geographic)
The Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s ship, has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915. (Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust / National Geographic)

He said it was beautiful. He said that he had never seen a wreck as beautiful as this one.

Dan Snow, a British historian whose content platform History Hit collaborated with the expedition team to document the discovery, said that the cold temperatures of the Weddell Sea would have been important in preserving the ship.

It is very cold. He said it was probably just below zero. He said there were no wood-eating microbes and the vessel was damaged.

The discovery of the ship comes 100 years after the death of Shackleton.

The first land crossing of Antarctica was set out to be achieved by the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, the explorer embarked on his journey with his crew.

He offered to cancel the voyage and put his ship at the disposal of the British government, but he was directed by the head of the U.K.'s Royal Navy to proceed.

The Endurance became trapped in pack ice and did not reach land. The men were stuck in the ice for 10 months and had to abandon the ship. They escaped on foot.

The coordinates were marked by Capt. Frank Worsley. The discovery of the vessel was aided by these.

The ship was located at a depth of almost 10,000 feet in the Weddell Sea, and it was found within the area the team had initially set on.

Strenuous Endeavours (Frank Hurley / Scott Polar Research Institute / Getty Images file)
Strenuous Endeavours (Frank Hurley / Scott Polar Research Institute / Getty Images file)

The discovery was made weeks after the expedition began.

While it is being surveyed and filmed, the wreck will be protected as a historic site and monument.

The trust had previously stated that it was to bring the story of Shackleton, his ship and the members of his team to new and younger audiences.

The discovery of the ship presents a new opportunity for people to revisit the whole Shackleton saga.

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