Paul-Henri Nargeolet (Mr. Titanic) Wiki/Bio, Age, Wife, Family, Net Worth, Missing & More

Paul-Henri “PH” Nargeolet (born March 2, 1946; missing since June 18, 2023) is a renowned French explorer and Titanic expert. Widely known as “Mr. Titanic,” Nargeolet was among five people aboard the Titan, which has been missing near the site of the Titanic wreckage since June 18.

Paul-Henry Nargeolet BIO/WIKI

NamePaul-Henri Nargeolet
Age77 years old (as of 2023)
Place of birthChamonix, France
Lives atKent, Connecticut, USA
OccupationDiver, researcher and entrepreneur
Height5 feet 9 inches (approximately)
lesterKilograms: 75 kg
Hair colorWhite
Eye colourDark brown
MarryMichelle Marsh (died 2017)
ChildrenHis children live in Cork, Ireland
Net valueUSD 1.5 billion (approx.)
Home pagewebsite
foster motherInformation not provided
ParentsDad: Mr Nargeolet

Mom: Ms. Nargeolet

SiblingsWill update

Disappearance of Paul-Henri Nargeolet (Mister Titanic)

On June 18, 2023, Paul-Henri Nargeolet disappeared with Hamish Harding, Stockton Rush and Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman Dawood, disappeared in a submersible en route to the wreck of the Titanic in an incident

Private life

Born March 2, 1946 in Chamonix, France, Paul-Henri Nargeolet grew up in the French department of Haute-Savoie.[3]: 1 At 16, he moved to Paris to continue his studies after spending 13 years in Casablanca.

In 2017, Nargeolet’s wife, American television journalist Michele Marsh, died. However, his connection with a childhood friend was reestablished and they have been life partners ever since, thanks to their shared interest in the Titanic.

French Navy

Nargeolet’s career began in the French Navy, where he served as an officer specializing in mine clearance, diving and deep-sea interventions from 1964 to 1986.[9] During the 1970s, he held the position of Commander of the Groupement de Plongeurs Démineurs de Cherbourg, responsible for locating and neutralizing submerged mines.[3]: 1 Later, in the 1980s, he joined the Groupement d’Intervention Sous-Marine (GISMER), where he piloted intervention submarines.[3]:1 Throughout his tenure, he undertook numerous international missions to recover sunken French aircraft, including the individuals and weapons on board. In particular, he discovered a Roman wreck 70 meters deep and located a DHC-5 Buffalo which crashed in 1979 with 12 passengers, including members of the Mauritanian government.


In 1986, the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) approached Nargeolet to undertake diving expeditions on the wreck of the Titanic, a task which he eagerly accepted.[3]: 2 Between 1987 and 1996, Nargeolet piloted dives on the site of the wreck of the Titanic on behalf of IFREMER, with missions in 1987, 1993, 1994 and 1996.[3]:2 The 1987 expedition marked the first collection of artifacts from the wreck.

During his participation in IFREMER, Nargeolet also discovered various submerged aircraft at sea. A notable discovery took place on May 15, 1993 when he stumbled upon La Lune [fr]ship sunk in 1664 near Toulon, during a dive with the Nautile.

Center for Marine and Underwater Resources Management Beginning in 1994, Nargeolet assumed the role of Director of the Center for Marine and Undersea Resources Management (CMURM) at Michigan State University.


From 1996 to 2003, Nargeolet collaborated with Aqua+, a subsidiary of Canal+, focused on the production of underwater films. During his tenure, he led submarine missions involving two submarines.[3]:

Premier Exhibitions, Inc.

In August 2007, RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions which organizes traveling exhibitions, hired Nargeolet to locate the RMS Carpathia. This ship had rescued survivors from the RMS Titanic but was later torpedoed in 1918.

Since then, Nargeolet has served as Director of the Underwater Research Program for RMS Titanic, Inc., overseeing the recovery of Titanic-related artifacts. His efforts included using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and conducting dives at the wreck site. During 35 dives, he managed to recover nearly 6,000 artifacts.[3][6] In 2010, Nargeolet was part of a mission to 3D map the wreck site and assess its degradation using ROVs and autonomous underwater robots.[3]:2 Additionally, in 2010, he participated in the search for the flight recorder of Air France Flight 447, which had crashed the previous year on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.[3]: 2

Other Contributions

As an esteemed expert on the RMS Titanic, Nargeolet played a crucial role in the production of two documentaries: “Titanic: The Legend Lives On” (1994) and “Deep Inside the Titanic” (1999).

In 2022, Nargeolet published his book entitled “In the Depths of the Titanic” (in English: “In the Depths of the Titanic”), which reports on his expeditions.[6]

Titans Expedition

Main article: 2023 Titan submersible incident In June 2023, Nargeolet was part of the team aboard the Titan, a vessel owned by OceanGate, Inc., on a mission to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. However, contact with the surface ship, the Polar Prince, was lost on June 18, and the Titan has since disappeared.[5] Extensive search and rescue efforts were carried out, involving sea and air support from the United States, Canada and France.


“In the depths of the Titanic.” HarperCollins, Paris 2022, ISBN 979-1-03-390984-2 (French edition)

Facts about Paul-Henry Nargeolet

  • Nicknamed “Mr. Titanic” due to his vast experience and knowledge of the sinking.
  • Holds several world records for diving at extreme depths, including reaching 6,000 meters (19,685 ft) at Nautile and 4,000 meters (13,123 ft) at Titan.
  • Has a collection of over 10,000 books on the Titanic and other maritime subjects.
  • Fluent in French, English, Spanish and Russian.
  • Loves skiing and climbing and has successfully conquered several peaks in the Alps.

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