The Late OceanGate CEO Took Macklemore on a Submersible in 2014

If you’re a fan and avid follower of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, you might remember that Macklemore made an appearance - looking for six gill sharks in the dark, cold depths of Seattle’s Elliott Bay

The year was 2014. Seattle’s Macklemore was a household name around the world. His hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His fame and love for sharks put him on Shark Week.

The submarine featured in the video, named “Antipodes,” looked like the Yellow Submarine, featured in The Beatles 1960s animated movie.

Macklemore was shown the depths of Seattle's Elliott Bay by Stockton Rush, CEO and co-founder of OceanGate Inc. Stockton's privately owned company from Everett, Washington was just in it's 5th year of operation.


OceanGate (Facebook)
OceanGate (Facebook)

OceanGate got its start when Stockton Rush and Argentinian born Guillermo Söhnlein  co-founded and started the venture of underwater adventuring in 2009. That was the year, Stockton and Guillermo purchased their first submarine from a private owner. Antipodes (yellow submarine featured above) was joined by a prototypical submersible, they designed and named “Cyclops 1.

OceanGate developed Cyclops with help from NASA, Boeing and the University of Washington Applied Physics lab. This experimental, light weight craft was the predecessor to the now infamous “Titan.” - the Titanic-touring submersible that tragically imploded earlier in the week. The loss of Titan took the lives of all five passengers, including Stockton Rush - 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

An international search-and-rescue operation was launched, and on June 22, the wreckage (of OceanGate's "Titan") was found on the seabed near the Titanic wreck site. -CBS News


INFO: Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, Seattle Times

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