The wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship “Endurance” has been discovered 107 years after it sank off the coast of Antarctica and Nationwide Geographic has been swift to fee a documentary on the topic that has fascinated the world for over a century.
Nationwide Geographic has partnered solely with Historical past Hit, the SVOD and content material platform co-founded by historian Dan Snow; All3Media’s Little Dot Studios and manufacturing firm Consequential for a documentary detailing the profitable search and discovery of one of many nice misplaced shipwrecks of historical past — Ernest Shackleton’s “Endurance.”
“Endurance” left South Georgia for Antarctica on Dec. 5, 1914, carrying Shackleton and 27 different males with the objective of reaching the South Pole and crossing the continent through an overland trek. Nevertheless, nearing Antarctica, the ship turned trapped in pack ice and sank in 1915. The crew made it by sea to uninhabited Elephant Island earlier than Shackleton and 5 males set off in a lifeboat on an epic journey to hunt assist from a whaling station in South Georgia, greater than 800 miles away. After a number of makes an attempt, Shackleton ultimately made it again to Elephant Island to rescue his crew.
Organized by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Belief, the expedition to find the shipwreck set off from Cape City on Feb. 5 this 12 months on a voyage to the Weddell Sea, off the coast of Antarctica the place the Endurance sank. The expedition was led by polar geographer Dr. John Shears with marine archaeologist Mensun Sure as director of exploration. With them, on board the South African icebreaker Agulhas II, was a crew of scientists and archaeologists alongside a crew of extremely skilled excessive setting filmmakers, led by Dan Snow for Historical past Hit, who documented the occasions in real-time main as much as the historic discovery. The wreck was ultimately discovered at a depth of 3008 meters within the Weddell Sea.
Snow mentioned: “This has been probably the most thrilling and difficult expertise of my profession thus far. The crew has discovered not solely the world’s most well-known shipwreck but in addition its most inaccessible. After going by storms, blizzards and thick sea ice, we’ve bought some astonishing photographs of ‘Endurance’ and a laser scan correct to inside centimeters. Individuals thought the story of ‘Endurance’ was over when it sank in November 1915, however it wasn’t. That is the beginning of a brand new chapter.”
Courteney Monroe, president, Nationwide Geographic Content material, mentioned: “It’s our hope — together with our unbelievable companions on this undertaking — that the blockbuster story behind Shackleton’s Endurance, that includes unique, behind-the-scenes entry to the high-stakes journey, will encourage the following technology of explorers and adventurers.”
The documentary will premiere this fall as a part of Nationwide Geographic’s Explorer collection on Nationwide Geographic Channels and Disney Plus. The documentary, additionally produced in partnership with ABC Information, can be directed by BAFTA-nominated Natalie Hewit (“Antarctica: Ice Station Rescue,” “Greta Thunberg: A Yr To Change The World”).
Debra OConnell, president, networks, Disney media and leisure distribution, mentioned: “We salute the crew on the Falklands Maritime Heritage Belief, Dr. John Shears, Mensun Sure, and the crew of scientists and archaeologists aboard the South African icebreaker Agulhas II for this unbelievable discovery and for opening a brand new chapter in one of the crucial fabled tales in exploration historical past.”