The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

by Mensun Bound
The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

by Mensun Bound


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This is a gripping tale of true-life mystery and true-life action and adventure by the marine archaeologist who headed two Antarctic expeditions leading to the discovery of the 1915 wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance. For the legions of readers captivated by stories of exploration and disaster, Mensun Bound’s The Ship Beneath the Ice will be an enthralling delight.

"As thrilling as any tale from the heroic age of exploration. . . Bound’s account is a triumph. The storytelling is piano-wire taut, the writing saturated with polar moodiness." ― Sunday Times

The inside story of how the Endurance, Ernest Shackleton's legendary lost ship, was found in the most hostile sea on Earth, told by the expedition's Director of Exploration.

On November 21, 1914, the Endurance succumbed to the surrounding ice. Ernest Shackleton and his crew had navigated the three-masted wooden vessel ten thousand miles to Antarctica in hopes of becoming the first to cross the barren continent, but early season pack ice trapped them in place offshore. Marooned on the ice for six months, Shackleton’s expedition to push the limits of human strength took a new form: one of survival against the odds. 

A century after this legendary story entered the annals of polar exploration, renowned marine archeologist Mensun Bound and an elite team of explorers joined a new global race to find the wrecked Endurance. Bound experienced failure and despair in his attempts to locate the wreck, and very nearly found his own vessel frozen in ice. Finally, a century to the day after Shackleton’s burial, the discovery: nearly ten thousand feet below the ice lay a remarkably preserved Endurance, its name still emblazoned on the ship’s stern.

Told “with passion and flair” (Washington Post), The Ship Beneath the Ice is a modern-day adventure narrative of the intrepid spirit that joins two mariners across the centuries—both of whom accomplished the impossible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063297401
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 02/28/2023
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 19,468
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Mensun Bound was Director of Exploration on the 2019 and 2022 expeditions to locate Shackleton’s Endurance. Previously Triton Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, he is a leading marine archeologist who has discovered many of the world’s most famous shipwrecks. 

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