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As someone with an interest in the History of Polar Exploration, I find this story so extraordinary and was very moved to see the incredibly preserved 'Endurance' - Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous ship (crushed by the sea ice in 1915).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60662541
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Yes, I saw the news on BBC too. Fascinating pictures. Apparently it's a protected area, so nothing will be brought up from down there, unless some exception is established.

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Thanks for the link; the ship does seem to be in remarkably good condition.

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As someone with an interest in the History of Polar Exploration, I find this story so extraordinary and was very moved to see the incredibly preserved 'Endurance' - Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous ship (crushed by the sea ice in 1915).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60662541

Yet another thing we share.  I've been obsessed with this story and absolutely loved any book on Shackleton I could find.  So excited they found it!  Maybe in the cold weather, Frank Hurley's lost pictures might be intact since they were glass plates, not film.  Maybe we'll one day see many more original pictures that Shackleton forced him to leave behind when they abandoned ship to lighten the load they took.

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Just saw this story on Twitter -- utterly fascinating.

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As someone with an interest in the History of Polar Exploration, I find this story so extraordinary and was very moved to see the incredibly preserved 'Endurance'

nomen est omen! true to her name...

Admittedly, I only saw one documentary about that Shackleton expedition years ago but it is a fascinating story how they managed to survive and avoid total desaster.
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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Really neat to hear that they found the ship and that it is in such good shape!

Whilst reading about the discovery, I ran across another story having to do with the voyage...about a stowaway.  I wasn't certain at first whether it was a human or a cat (or a cat and a human) who was/were the stowaway(s)!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60525094

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Thanks for the link; the ship does seem to be in remarkably good condition.
It's amazing Steve! I've read a lot about Scott and Shackleton (a far greater explorer IMO) and I found it very moving to see 'The Endurance' once again.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Really neat to hear that they found the ship and that it is in such good shape!

Whilst reading about the discovery, I ran across another story having to do with the voyage...about a stowaway.  I wasn't certain at first whether it was a human or a cat (or a cat and a human) who was/were the stowaway(s)!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60525094

PD

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Yet another thing we share.  I've been obsessed with this story and absolutely loved any book on Shackleton I could find.  So excited they found it!  Maybe in the cold weather, Frank Hurley's lost pictures might be intact since they were glass plates, not film.  Maybe we'll one day see many more original pictures that Shackleton forced him to leave behind when they abandoned ship to lighten the load they took.
Am delighted to hear that you are interested in this stuff as well. Years ago I went to a talk given by Shackleton's son (Lord Shackleton) in London. I asked him to sign my copy of 'Shackleton's Antarctic Boat Journey'. He signed it 'Shackleton - the son'.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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I might skip reading it for the time being at least--too much bad news lately--but thanks.

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I might skip reading it for the time being at least--too much bad news lately--but thanks.

PD
I understand PD, although I thought that you might like to see the bronze sculpture of Mrs Chippy on the grave of his friend, the ship's carpenter Harry McNeish.


An opera for primary school children, Shackleton's Cat by Russell Hepplewhite, was commissioned by the English Touring Opera in 2015.[9]
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).