How Doomed Titanic Sub Passengers Spent their Final Moments


    The final moments of the passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic sub were filled with darkness as they gazed out at the haunting bioluminescent creatures drifting by and listened to their favorite music, according to tragic accounts shared by the wife and mother of the doomed father-son duo, Shahzada and Suleman Dawood.

    The Dawood family’s fascination with the 111-year-old wreckage of the Titanic had been brewing since their visit to a Titanic exhibition in Singapore back in 2012.

    Their interest grew even further after a trip to Greenland in 2019, where they became captivated by glaciers transforming into icebergs—the same perilous ocean hazard that claimed the Titanic in 1912.

    Christine, the wife of Shahzada Dawood, stumbled upon an advertisement by OceanGate offering trips to the Titanic wreckage. Originally planned to accompany her billionaire husband on the voyage, Christine had to relinquish her spot to their 19-year-old son when their initial trip was postponed due to the pandemic.

    Christine disclosed that her husband and son encountered obstacles before embarking on the fateful Father’s Day journey. Their flight to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the mother ship was departing from, was canceled, and the subsequent flight was delayed. Worried that the trip might be canceled altogether, Christine expressed her hindsight regret, saying, “In hindsight, obviously, I wish they did.”

    Nonetheless, the family made it in time to the Polar Prince, where Christine and her 17-year-old daughter, Alina, witnessed Shahzada, Suleman, and three other individuals—OceanGate founder and CEO Stockton Rush, renowned Titanic explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and British billionaire Hamish Harding—climbing into the 22-foot sub and disappearing into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Despite the modest accommodations aboard the Polar Prince, with cramped rooms and bunk beds, and the daily routine of buffet-style meals on trays and back-to-back meetings from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Christine emphasized that her husband and son were elated about the trip. OceanGate marketed the experience as an opportunity for tourists to become “explorers, adventurers, and citizen scientists.”

    Describing her son’s excitement, Christine likened him to a vibrant toddler eagerly setting off on an adventure. As for her husband, he aspired to embark on the same daring exploits as Nargeolet, a legendary Titanic diver who shared stories with the family, including a time when he was trapped in a sub for three days. Christine reminisced, “He was lapping everything up. He had this big glow on his face talking about all this nerdy stuff.”

    Despite the substantial cost of $250,000 per person for the father and son to partake in the trip, their time aboard the Polar Prince before the submersible journey was far from lavish. Christine revealed that they slept in cramped bunk beds, dined buffet-style on trays, and engaged in meetings to learn about the sub’s safety. During breaks, passengers were treated to viewings of the movie “Titanic.”

    While some of the engineering lessons during the meetings went over everyone’s heads, Christine acknowledged that she, like others, found the technical aspects challenging to grasp. She drew a parallel, saying, “I mean, you sit in a plane without knowing how the engine works.”

    Interestingly, other passengers, such as Bill Price, who boarded the sub in 2021, also admitted to being perplexed by the mechanisms of the Titan sub. Price recounted an incident during his trip when the sub lost propulsion on one side. Rush, unable to release the “drop-weight mechanism” for ascent, instructed the passengers to rock the sub to help. Price shared their successful efforts in getting


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