In this article we will be taking a look at the strange link between the 1898 Morgan Robertson publication, Futility, and the sinking of the Titanic – was the Titanic disaster predicted?
The Legendary Unsinkable Ship
It was a April night just over a century ago, when the unsinkable ship, the largest ever built, was making it’s tragic transatlantic journey. Without warning the ship careered into a stray iceberg leaving it’s starboard side ripped open.
It was slow at first…but before long the water started to creep it’s way up the ship’s foundations towards the decks – it soon became a class race for the lifeboats!
The company that owned the boat were so confident in it’s stability, that they had neglected to follow regular safety regulations – there were not enough lifeboats available to the passengers.
Over 50% of the people that boarded the ship for the journey, died in the icy waters.
The strange thing is that these events actually took place in a Morgan Robertson book that was originally published in 1898. Futility tells the story of a ship named ‘Titan’ – the largest sea vessel ever built…
A Ship Called Titan
In the book the Titan rammed into an iceberg somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean – also on an April night.
The Titan had set sail with the same confidence behind it as the Titanic’s owners had – so there were not enough lifeboats on board. Over half of it’s passengers died in the cold waters.
The tragedy of the Titan was based at the end of the 1800’s – the Titanic hit an iceberg on it’s journey in 1912.
Both of the monstrous vessels were traveling at speeds within 3 knots of each other ( the Titanic was reported to be traveling at 22.5 knots, and the Titan was described at traveling at 25 knots).
Both of them shared the same crew and passenger capacity and both of them were listed at being just over 800 feet long. Both were branded ‘unsinkable’ and both of them ended up losing masses of passengers due to a shortage of lifeboats.
Fourteen years after the book’s publication, when the Titanic disaster hit, the publication company behind it even decided to change certain aspects of it. They decided to link the book more closely to the now famous disaster, and changed it’s name to Futility, The Wreck of the Titan.
Sea disasters were now the flavor of the day – they wanted to cash in on the Titanic’s tragic end…
A Ship Called Titanian
There’s actually one more strange link to the Titanic disaster – a ship named Titanian that crossed the North Atlantic in 1935…and hit an iceberg!
Luckily, a ship hand named William Reeves had sounded the alarm for lack of visibility moments before the ship and iceberg collided – therefore the ship was not pierced in any way.
One strange fact about Mr. William Reeves that shouldn’t be overlooked – he was born on the 15th of April, 1912…
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