Google Maps user finds 100-year-old beached ship once used for polar exploration

A curious Reddit user took to the Google Maps subreddit to get help in identifying the purpose of some 'beached ships' they spotted on the northern coast.

The user known as u/Classic-Opportunity2 wrote: "Beached Ships? Found these north of Russia the other day. No idea what they are, why they're there, or basically anything about them.

"No idea how to even find info about them. If anyone knows anything that could help that'd be great."

The mystery fascinated by the find as they shared their theories for what the purpose of the ships could be.

One user said: "That nearby town Tiksi appears to have some abandoned industrial infrastructure, so these are probably decommissioned cargo ships."

However, another user managed to successfully identify the ship as Zarya, which name translates into Sunrise or Dawn.

They went on to explain that the ship "was a steam and sail-powered brig used by the Russian Academy of Sciences for a polar exploration during 1900–1903."

The news comes after the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance has finally been found after being lost to sea ice over 100 years ago.

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The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust says the wreckage has been found off the coast of Antarctica, according to the month after the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest's death.

The ship had not been seen since it was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915, and last month the Endurance22 Expedition set off from Cape Town, South Africa, on a mission to locate it, Mirror reports.

Endurance was found at a depth of 3,008 metres and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by the ship's Captain Frank Worsley, the trust said.

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