Media coverage of the icebound Russian research ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy shows how 100 years of technology has changed our world, yet nature can still rule.
In August 1914, the vessel Endurance sailed from England to Antarctica on an expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.
The Endurance became trapped in ice in January 1915.
The subsequent epic journey of the crew from the ice floe to rescue during the next 19 months, including two harrowing voyages in small, open boats over the world’s stormiest waters, is one of the greatest survival stories in history.
Contrast the current situation: The trapped ship was in constant communication with other vessels and the world media, video of the crew and passengers showed them warm and entertained, and a helicopter was available to transport passengers (some of them tourists) off the ice. The ship’s predicament was cause for international curiosity, not concern for survival.
Yet the Russian ship, with all our navigation technology and knowledge of Antarctic waters, still became trapped in ice.
— Paul Park, Fort Worth