Ernest Shackleton’s ship found – level 2

16-03-2022 15:00

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton started on an expedition to the South Pole. He wanted to walk across Antarctica, but an accident happened. The ship got stuck in the sea ice, and it couldn’t move.

When the ice started to melt in spring, it crushed the ship. Shackleton and his crew had to leave the ship. They watched the ship sink on November 21, 1915. For almost two months, the crew camped on a large piece of ice. Finally, they used lifeboats to get to the nearest land, Elephant Island.

Endurance22 was the name of the search. It located the ship 6 kilometers from the place where it sank, and it was in 3,000 meters.

It was one of the most difficult searches. The team had to deal with extreme weather and troubles with their equipment. It took one month to find the ship, which was in a surprisingly good state.

Difficult words: expedition (a long journey to get information or other things), melt (to change ice or snow into water), lifeboat (a special boat which saves people in case of an accident at sea).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What were the main challenges faced by the crew during Endurance22's search?


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