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Polar expedition ship found off Greenland

2012-08-19 21:18

Stockholm - A US-based oceanographic institute says it has found the wreckage of a ship that was manned by a crew of doomed Antarctic explorers more than a century ago.

The Schmidt Ocean Institute says that in July its researchers discovered the SS Terra Nova using echo sounders off the southern coast of Greenland, where the ship sank in 1943 after being damaged by ice.

Built in the late 19th century, the SS Terra Nova gained fame by taking the explorer Robert Scott and a crew to the Antarctic in 1910 in an effort to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Scott and several of his men froze to death in 1912 during their march to the earth's southernmost point.

Comments
  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-08-19 22:49

    Ok... 2 things... This ship left in 1912 for Antartica which is in the South... But sank in 1943 (31 years later) and was found off the coast of Greenland... (In the North)... Am I the only 1 seeing this...

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-19 23:59

      And your point is?

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-20 06:18

      The last 2 paragraphs is just a bit of history and why the ship is famous, it has nothing to do with the sinking of the ship. Not a confusing article.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 11:43

      Thank you Jean. Was the way I read it as well. Perhaps not the best of grammar used, but still...

  • terrence.naicker.1 - 2012-08-20 07:31

    This article is confusing and disjointed. You have to read between the lines. The ship took Scott and company to the Antarctic (where they died). The ship was apparently used after that for 30 years until it sank off Greenland in 1943.

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