Hamish Harding, a British businessman, who is popular for his fervent explorations, has recently been reported to have died at the age of 58. His explorations have always been marked by zealous quests to probe whether it be the blackness of the space or it be the depths in the oceans. He is also heavily known as being an aviation tycoon and his quests had placed his name in the Guinness World Records earlier. But recently, in his latest quest to reach the wreckage of the Titanic, his plunge has proven to be fateful.
Hamish was based in the UAE and outside of his aviation business, he was well known for being an ardent explorer, pilot, adventurer and space tourist. He was the founder of the Action Group and he was also the chairman of Action Aviation. The Action Aviation is an international company which deals in the international aircraft brokerage with its headquarters being situated in Dubai, UAE.
Hamish Harding Net Worth 2023
Harding was also a member of the American based international multidisciplinary professional society, The Explorers Club. This club was formed in 1905 with the aim to promote scientific exploration more and engagement in the field studies. He was paired with four other explorers who were on their way to view the wreck of the Titanic, when their diving quest turned into a deathly plunge about two and a half miles below North Atlantic’s surface in the ocean.
It has been reported that the submersible which he was onboard had lost complete contact with its mother ship on Sunday. After covering a search area which is equal in size to the state of Massachusetts for five days, the voyage company which had prepared for the mission plan and sponsored the plunge, came out with statement announcing that all the five passengers were dead.
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Hamish Harding Adventures & Business Overview
|Known For||Passionate Explorations|
|Companies||Founded Action Group & chairman of Action Aviation|
|Born||24th June 1964|
|Birthplace||Hammersmith, London in the UK|
|Death||18th June 2023|
|Age||58 Years Old|
|Education||The King’s School & Pembroke College|
|Guinness World Records||3 World Records|
|Cause of Death||Implosion of Submarine|
|Last Mission||To view the Titanic shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean|
|Net Worth||At Least 1 Billion USD|
|Children||4 (2 stepchildren)|
Hamish Harding Bio
George Hamish Livingston Harding, who is popular everywhere by the name, Hamish Harding, was born in Hammersmith area of London in the year 1964. He had his school education completed at The King’s School in the city of Gloucester. This school is one of the seven ‘King’s Schools’ which were established under the heritage of 11th century monastic school. It is a private coed school situated in South West England and after Harding graduated his high school, he went to the Pembroke College in Cambridge, where he was able to receive his BA and MA degrees.
Hamish worked with an Antarctic VIP Tourism Company, known as ‘White Desert’ in 2017, where he was able to introduce the first regular service using a business jet to reach the Antarctic. This was offered using a Gulfstream G550, which during the service, would land on an ice runway, called as the Wolfs Gang Runway. He has also been known for reaching the South Pole several times and in 2016, he was accompanied by the American astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
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On 20th June 2023, it was confirmed in a post made by his stepson on social media that the news regarding Harding going missing below the surface of the North Atlantic is correct. His step son, Brian Szasz took to the social media platform, Facebook to confirm the news. He was married to his wife, Linda Harding, who stays out of the public eyes in Dubai. Harding’s 2 teenage children are Rory, who is 18 years old and Giles, who is 15 years old. His other two stepchildren are Lauren and Brian.
Hamish was also a keen explorer and in one of his last posts, he had mentioned that he had joined Oceangate Expeditions. He mentioned that he had joined them for their RMS Titanic Mission as one of the mission specialists on the vessel owned by the Oceangate, called Titan. It has been mentioned that the Hamish Harding’s net worth in the year of 2023 exceeds 1 Billion USD. This allowed him to team up with four other members to pay a hefty fees of 250,000 USD for the rare opportunity to dive into the North Atlantic for a mission to view the Titanic Wreck from its 1912 sinking tragedy.
Hamish Harding’s Last Plunge & Death Reason
As mentioned, Harding was onboard ‘Titan’, the submersible which was owned by the Oceangate Expeditions, when he was on his voyage to see the Titanic Wreckage from 1912 after the ship sank due to hitting an iceberg. Hamish had written on one of his last posts on social media that due to Newfoundland’s worst winters in almost 40 years, the RMS Titanic Mission, wherein he would be a mission specialist will be the first and also the last manned mission to the Titanic in 2023.
He set off on the trip on Sunday, 18th June 2023, on a boat from St John’s Canada. After this, he then boarded the vessel ‘Titan’ to reach the Titanic shipwreck which is located in the Atlantic Ocean at about 12,500 feet below the surface level, in the southeast of Newfoundland. It was later reported that the submarine had gone missing after an hour and 45 minutes into the fateful dive.
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It has also been mentioned in various sources, that the keen explorer also hold 3 Guinness World Records for his multiple expeditions. One of these records is for his time spent in space and the other two are for his deep dives into the ocean. First record for his exploration was in the year 2019, when he with three others set the record for the fastest circumnavigation via both Poles by a plane. It took them 46 hours and 40 minutes to complete the One More Orbit Mission.
Following this, in 2021, Harding also dived to reach the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, also known as the Challenger Deep, in a two man submarine and reached a depth of about 36,000 feet. There he was able to set two Guinness World Records, one for the longest duration at full ocean depth by a crewed vessel and another for the longest distance traversed at full ocean depth by a crewed vessel at the same time.
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, on 09-11 July 2019, Harding teamed up with Terry Virts to complete the fastest circumnavigation of the Planet Earth via North and South Poles, in a time duration of 46 hours and 40 minutes. While his deepest dive into the Marianna Trench, he had teamed up with Victor Vescovo on 05th March 2021 setting other world records. He had also supplied a customized jet Boeing 747-400 to transport 8 cheetahs from Namibia to India as part of the reintroduction of the cheetah in the Indian subcontinent project of the Indian Government and the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.
It must be noted that the passengers who were present on the Oceangate submarine, ‘Titan’ were all required to pay an amount of 250,000 USD. It included a Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, a well known French diver Paul Henri Nargeolet and Stockton Rush, who was the founder and the CEO of Oceangate. It has also been reported that the submarine was capable of diving more than 12,000 feet but the unfortunate incident took place just about 2.5 miles below the surface of North Atlantic Ocean.