History Hit and All3Media’s Little Dot Studios have joined forces as media partners on an expedition to find, film and document the search for the shipwreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance.
The expedition is slated to launch next month from Cape Town to the Weddell Sea, off the coast of Antarctica, where the Endurance has remained for over a century at a depth of approximately 3,500 meters. Dan Snow, historian and co-founder of History Hit, will be joined by a crew of scientists, archaeologists and extreme-environment filmmakers on board the South African icebreaker Agulhas II, documenting the events in real time.
The expedition is organized by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust.
History Hit and Little Dot Studios will produce a range of content covering the setting up of the expedition, the voyage and search itself, as well as the history, science and other themes that connect to the wider mission. Short-form content will be distributed to subscribers across History Hit TV, HistoryHit.com and History Hit’s podcast network and social channels, together with Little Dot Studios’ network of owned and operated digital and social media accounts, including Timeline World History, Spark and Real Stories. The team will also be filming for a long-form documentary chronicling the expedition.
Snow said: “From the day I started History Hit, I knew this day would come. The hunt for Shackleton’s wreck will be the biggest story in the world of history in 2022. As the partner broadcaster, we will be able to reach tens of millions of history fans all over the world, in real time. We are able to deploy some of the world’s biggest history podcasts, YouTube channels, Facebook pages and TikTok accounts to reach a massive number of history lovers. We are going to tell the story of Shackleton and this expedition to find his lost ship, like never before. Live streaming and podcasting from ice camps, recording a vast amount of content that will live online and be accessible for generations to come. It’s a dream come true.”
Alex Hryniewicz, director of content for Little Dot Studios, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with History Hit on this expedition to locate the Endurance. Dan is the perfect, expert host to convey the excitement and the complexity of searching for a 100-year-old wreck several kilometers deep in icy seas. The range of content we produce for different channels will provide an incredible amount of context—and we hope new insights—to a legendary story.”