Weddell Sea

Best known for the story of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition ship, Endurance!

Weddell Sea

Best known for the story of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition ship, Endurance!

Antarctica's Weddell Sea was discovered by the British sealer James Weddell in 1823. These normally ice-bound waters on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula is most well-known for the incredible story of Shackleton's ship, Endurance, which became trapped and crushed by ice in 1915. After 15 months on the pack-ice Shackleton and his men managed to reach Elephant Island and arrange rescue.

Entrance to this icy world is often via 'Antarctic Sound' - named after the expedition ship of Swedish explorer Nordenskjöld. This passage that separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from Dundee Island is also named “Iceberg Alley”, because of the huge icebergs often seen coming out from the Weddell Sea. Following are some expeditions exploring this most wild region of Antarctica:

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