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What has happened to Titan submersible, OceanGate Inc., while exploring Titanic wreck.

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Titan submersible was a five-person submersible vessel operated by OceanGate Inc.

It was created by OceanGate Inc. to provide tourists with the opportunity to explore the Titanic wreck. The submersible was designed to be safe and comfortable for passengers, and it was equipped with a variety of scientific instruments to allow them to view and study the wreck in detail.


The actual image of Titan submersible which was a five-person submersible vessel operated by OceanGate Inc.
Titan submersible

OceanGate Inc. had previously operated a smaller submersible, the Cyclops, to take tourists to the Titanic wreck site. However, the Cyclops was limited in its capacity and range, and it could not accommodate all of the passengers who wanted to visit the site. The Titan submersible was designed to address these limitations, and it was hoped that it would allow OceanGate Inc. to offer more frequent and affordable Titanic expeditions.


It was 6.7 meters (22 ft) long and 10,432 kilograms (23,000 lb) in weight. The entire pressure vessel consisted of two titanium hemispheres with matching titanium interface rings bonded to the 142 cm (56 in) internal diameter, 2.4-meter-long (7.9 ft) carbon fiber-wound cylinder. One of the titanium hemispherical end caps was fitted with a 380 mm-diameter (15 in) acrylic window.


Titan was capable of going 4,000 meters undersea and moving as fast as three knots per hour (5.56 kph). It was equipped with a variety of scientific instruments, including cameras, sonar, and a manipulator arm.



An image of OceanGate Titan
OceanGate Titan

The Titan made its first successful dive to the Titanic wreck site on June 14, 2023.


On June 18, 2023, Titan was on a mission to survey the wreck of the Titanic when it imploded at a depth of 3,800 meters (12,467 ft). All five people on board were killed. The cause of the implosion is still under investigation.


The deaths of the five men were a tragedy, and they were mourned by their families, friends, and colleagues. They were all experienced explorers and adventurers, and they were dedicated to the preservation of the Titanic shipwreck. Their deaths will be a loss to the world of exploration.


Here are some additional details about each of the men who died:


Stockton Rush was the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, a company that specializes in underwater exploration. He was a former Navy pilot and engineer, and he had a passion for exploring the world's oceans.

An image representing Stockton Rush
Stockton Rush

Hamish Harding was a British billionaire explorer and philanthropist. He was the chairman of Action Aviation, a company that brokers aircraft. He was also a member of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society.

A portrait of Mr. Hamish Harding
Hamish Harding

Paul-Henri Nargeolet was a French maritime expert and Titanic researcher. He was the director of underwater research for RMS Titanic, Inc., the company that owns the rights to the Titanic shipwreck.

An image of Mr. Paul-Henri Nargeolet who was a French maritime expert and Titanic researcher.
Paul-Henri Nargeolet

Shahzada Dawood was a Pakistani businessman and philanthropist. He was the chairman of the Dawood Foundation, a charitable organization that supports education, healthcare, and social development in Pakistan.


An image of Shahzada Dawood who was a Pakistani businessman and philanthropist
Shahzada Dawood

Suleman Dawood was the son of Shahzada Dawood. He was a student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Suleman Dawood with his father Shahzada Dawood
Suleman Dawood with his father Shahzada Dawood

The cause of the implosion is still under investigation, but it is believed that it may have been caused by a structural failure in the submersible's pressure hull.


The loss of the Titan was a major setback for OceanGate Inc. and the Titanic exploration community. However, the company has vowed to continue its work to explore the Titanic wreck site, and it is currently developing a new submersible that is designed to be even safer and more capable than the Titan.


The bodies from the Titan submersible are still on the ocean floor at a depth of 3,800 meters (12,467 ft). It is unlikely that they will ever be recovered.



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Guest
Jul 10, 2023

a major setback for oceangate

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Guest
Jul 07, 2023

I hope we are not witnessing any such events in the coming days

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Guest
Jul 06, 2023

I pray their soul rest in peace 😌

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