Researchers think Shackleton's ship is still intact

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton's famous ship, the Endurance, which he had to abandon in 1915 on his ill-fated Antarctic expedition, is probably still in very good condition on the ocean floor.

That is one conclusion from research that studied how sunken wood degrades in southern polar waters, according to a report by BBC News.

Experiments that submerged planks for more than a year found they returned to the surface in near-pristine condition and scientists point to the absence in the region of wood-boring "ship worms” as the likely reason. Anywhere else in the world these mollusks normally would devour sunken wood rapidly.

It means the remains of old wooden shipwrecks, such as the oak- and pine-constructed Endurance, which was pierced by ice, may be remarkably well preserved in their watery graves at the bottom of the sea, according to Adrian Glover of London's Natural History Museum.

"I think it's a reasonable hypothesis to suggest Endurance is still in good condition, certainly based on our experiments and what we know about low microbial rates of degradation in the cold Antarctic deep sea," Glover told BBC News.

Click here for the full report.

Related

Fusion Unveils Wake Tower Speakers to Premium Signature Series 3 Collection

The new wake speakers are the first to feature five-color LED lighting.

Boot Düsseldorf 2021 Postponed Until Late April

With Covid-19 numbers remaining high across the EU, organizers say the event cannot be held in January.

Galati Goes Virtual

The yacht dealer has unveiled a virtual shopping tool that will help match customers with vessels as most boat shows are cancelled or moved online in the pandemic.

Quick Hits: December 3, 2020

Walter Meloon inducted into Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, and AMI announces virtual conference.

Are Car Dealers and Boat Dealers Headed in the Same Direction?

Both have seen dealer stocks down as manufacturing attempts to keep up with demand. But one thing is for certain: a first-person tactile dealership experience remains critical to continued success.

Sharrow Marine to Build MX-1 Props in Michigan

Founder Greg Sharrow announced the new global manufacturing HQ will be located in his hometown of Detroit.