The Book That Predicted the Sinking of the Titanic - 14 Years Before the Event
The Titan disconcertingly resembled the famous ocean liner Titanic.
Morgan Robertson was an American merchant marine officer, he was also a writer and credited by some as the inventor of the periscope. But he is more popularly known as the man who in 1898, wrote a novel called "The Wreck of the Titan or Futility", in which a liner called Titan sank in the Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg. It is a story that few have actually heard of, fewer have actually read the book, that according to many, anticipated the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic.
This novel tells the story of a "unsinkable" Ship, the largest and most luxurious ever built, and its passengers were the most distinguished members of the world bourgeoisie. It was described as an unsinkable ship, but was destined to never reach its destination, as the Titan would crack open after colliding with an iceberg and sinking, leaving only a few survivors. The cruise existed only on paper, in the imagination of the novelist Morgan Robertson, or so it seemed.
In addition to the similarities between the names of the ships, the dates and time of the accident, the "Titan" by Robertson, was a ship that also belonged to an English company just like the Titanic did.
Beyond the obviously very similar name, other similarities between the Titanic and the fictional Titan are the following:
- Both of the ships were triple screw (propeller) ships.
- Both the Titan and the Titanic were described as being "unsinkable" The Titan was the largest craft afloat and the greatest ship ever built to date, having 800 feet, displacing 75,000 tons, up from 45,000 in the 1898 edition...
- Both the fictional ship the Titan and the Titanic had a shortage of lifeboats
- The Titanic carried 16 lifeboats, plus 4 Engelhardt folding lifeboats, which was less than the required for the crew and passenger capacity of 3000.
- According to the book, the Titan carried "as few as the law allowed", 24 lifeboats, which could carry less than half of her total complement of 3000.
- Both ships struck an iceberg
- The titanic struck the iceberg moving at 22½ knots on the starboard side on the night of April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) away from Newfoundland.
- The titan also struck an iceberg moving at 25 knots, curiously also on the starboard side on an April night in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland.
- Both ships sank, even though they were described as unsinkable.
- The Titanic sank, and more than half of her 2200 passengers and crew died.
- The Titan also sank, and more than half of her 2500 passengers drowned.
Apparently Robertson did have a talent of predicting the future as he also predicted another real-life event. Robertson is also credited with predicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II in his novel 1914 "Beyond the spectrum."
By Ivan Petricevic, Earth We Are One