Adventure, Antarctica, M/S Explorer, Shipwreck

Shipwreck in Antarctica I

The Explorer

Part 1 – Discovering we are sinking

I was a passenger on the M/S Explorer during its last voyage.  On November 22nd, 2007 The Explorer struck ice, puncturing a hole in the ship at my cabin.  This occurred on the 12th day of what was supposed to be a 19 day trip.

November 22nd started off overcast and dreary. We took Zodiacs for a tour around Elephant Island. It was incredible that Shackleton’s men spent 4 months waiting to be rescued on that tiny strip of unprotected rock. Currently the only residents were chinstrap penguins. Later that day the sky cleared, the sun came out, and the beauty was incredible. That night at about 10:30pm I was taking pictures of the sunset.

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