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


Thursday, September 21, 2023

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Central Time (US & Canada)


This program is free and open to all; free tickets required. The registration period has closed for this event.

If space is available, walk-ins will be admitted 10 minutes before the program begins.


On November 21, 1914, after sailing more than ten thousand miles from Norway to the Antarctic Ocean, the S/Y Endurance finally succumbed to the surrounding ice. Ernest Shackleton and his crew had navigated the 144-foot, three-masted wooden vessel to Antarctica to become the first to cross the barren continent, but early season pack ice trapped them in place offshore. They watched in silence as the ship's stern rose twenty feet in the air and disappeared into the frigid sea, then spent six harrowing months marooned on the ice in its wake.

As this legendary story entered the annals of polar exploration, it inspired a new global race to find the wrecked Endurance, by all accounts “the world's most unreachable shipwreck.” Several missions failed, thwarted, as Shackleton was, by the unpredictable Weddell Sea. Finally, a century to the day after Shackleton's death, renowned marine archeologist Mensun Bound and an elite team of explorers discovered the lost shipwreck. Nearly ten thousand feet below the ice lay a remarkably preserved Endurance, its name still emblazoned on the ship's stern.

In this Meet the Author event, Mensun Bound will share the thrilling details of the expedition, his impressions of the pristine wreck itself, and the historical significance of this remarkable discovery.

The Ship Beneath the Ice will be available to purchase at the Newberry bookshop, and the author will sign copies after the talk.

We look forward to seeing attendees at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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