Posted on June 14, 2024

Legendary Explorer’s ‘Last Ship’ Discovered off Coast of North America

Andrea Vacchiano, ·Fox News, June 12, 2024

A famed explorer’s ship was recently found in the Atlantic Ocean, Canadian officials say.

A team of Canadian divers found the ship, called Quest, on Sunday during an expedition conducted by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). Speaking to Fox News Digital on Wednesday, the RCGS explained that the ship was found around 1,280 feet deep in the waters off of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Quest was en route to Antarctica when it sank off the coast of Labrador on May 5, 1962. The vessel had sailed for 45 years up until that point, having made its maiden voyage in 1917.

Four decades before Quest sank, Sir Ernest Shackleton, a polar explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 20th century, died on the ship in 1922.

The famous explorer had a massive heart attack in his cabin. {snip}

Shackleton’s death is usually marked by historians as the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, which began at the end of the 19th century.

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Historians believe that the ship was damaged by ice during a seal hunt when it sank in 1962. The crew members evacuated to nearby ships, and were able to salvage some of the vessel’s cargo and valuables.

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The RCGS told Fox News Digital that its experts are elated about the discovery.

“We are thrilled to find it, and hope it inspires others to live courageously, as Sir Ernest Shackleton always did,” the spokesperson said.