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Endurance22 team receive Citation of Merit from Explorers Club

John Shears and Nico Vincent, Leader and Deputy Leader of the FMHT organised Antarctic expedition, which found Sir Ernest Shackleton’s missing polar ship, Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, collect a prestigious Explorers Club 2024 Citation of Merit on behalf of the entire team at a star-studded gala dinner in New York.

The award was made for the expedition’s “historic discovery of the elusive Endurance”. Mensun Bound – the expedition’s Director of Exploration, and a Trustee of the FMHT – and Tim Jacob, the expedition’s education and outreach coordinator and Director, Traveler Programs at Reach the World, also attended the gala to join in celebrating the expedition’s success.

The award was made to “The Endurance22 Expedition Team” in recognition of its “outstanding feat of exploration” in finding the wreckage of Endurance on 5th March 2022.  Also at the gala, the Explorers Club’s 120th annual dinner, was the expedition’s Director of Exploration, and FMHT Trustee, Mensun Bound.

The Explorers Club Citation of Merit has been given annually, since 1962, to an individual or team in recognition of outstanding feats of exploration or contributions to the welfare and objectives of the club, which has about 3,500 members worldwide.

The award was made to “The Endurance22 Expedition Team” in recognition of its “outstanding feat of exploration” in finding the wreckage of Endurance on 5th March 2022.  Also at the gala, the Explorers Club’s 120th annual dinner, was the expedition’s Director of Exploration, and FMHT Trustee, Mensun Bound.

The Explorers Club Citation of Merit has been given annually, since 1962, to an individual or team in recognition of outstanding feats of exploration or contributions to the welfare and objectives of the club, which has about 3,500 members worldwide 

Mensun Bound Trustee | Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT)

Sir Ernest Shackleton became an honorary member of the Explorers Club, in 1912, along with his fellow pioneering polar explorers Capt Roald Amundsen, Dr Fridjof Nansen, Adm Robert Edwin Peary and Capt Robert Falcon Scott.

The Endurance22 Expedition Team comprised more than 60 explorers, marine archaeologists, scientists, engineers and ice pilots.

Top photo – left to right: Richard Garriott, President of the Explorers Club, John Shears, Nico Vincent and Martin Nweela, Chairman of the Explorers Club Flags and Honors Committee. Photo: Explorers Club

Find out more about the expedition by exploring our official Endurance22 website.