The Ships At The Ends of The Earth

The recently discovered wrecks of Erebus (L top and bottom) and Endurance lie 20,000 kms (12,000 miles) apart, and centuries distant from us.
Scientists peer through the Arctic ice at the remains of the Erebus — interrupted occasionally by a curious seal popping up in the hole.
Bones found at Erebus Bay on King William Island, Nunavut, were excavated in 2013 and have now been matched to a living individual, confirming the body is that of Warrant Officer John Gregory, an engineer on HMS Erebus. He was a novice seaman in his mid-40s on his maiden voyage. He was one of the men who mounted a last-ditch attempt to avoid an icy death by travelling on foot to a Canadian outpost. The bones were found only 45 miles south of the ship, along with those of two crew-mates.
Fruitless efforts were made by the crew to free the Endurance.
The life boat is launched from Elephant Island to begin her 1300-km voyage to South Georgia. They would encounter waves more than 30m high that struck them at 80 km/hour.



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Barry Gander

Barry Gander


A Canadian from Connecticut, so two strikes against me! I love history and science, & I am a top political, technology, history and economic writer on MEDIUM.