This Is The Book That Foresaw The Sinking Of The Titanic


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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.

The Titan disconcertingly resembled the famous ocean liner Titanic.

This novel tells the story of an “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.

Also, incredible similarities can be seen in the design of the ships, the number of engines and masts liners, which had a nearly identical length and a nearly identical power, and struck the fatal iceberg at a nearly identical speed.  The small number of lifeboats in relation to the number of people traveling on boats is another similar fact, though Robertson could not predict the death toll, which stood at 3,000, double that of the actual.

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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.

The Titan and the Titanic were both 400 miles from Newfoundland! Creepy or what? Well, it is a true story.

 1898 Version

 Titanic

 Nationality

British

 British

Length

800ft

882.5ft

Metal

 Steel

Steel

 Weight

 45,000

 66,000

 Horse Power

40,000

 46,000

 Propellors

 3

 3

 Masts

 2

 2

 Watertight compartments

 19

 16

 Number of Lifeboats

 24

 20

 Passenger Capacity

 3,000

 3,000

 Passengers on board

 3,000

 2,228

 Speed at Impact

 25 knots

 22.5 knots

 Time of Impact

 near midnight

 11.40pm

 Point of Impact

 Starboard

 Starboard

 Month

 April

 April

 Number of Survivors

 13

 705

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.”

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  1. Oh wow I haven’t heard of this book Titan seems not a lot of people have how strange, but as we know the story of the sinking of the Titanic has a different story to it, it was the sister ship that sank that had already been in an accident, and I’m not entirely sure it was an iceburg either that hit the ship, due to the captain having terminal cancer and his family being paid off long term for life for the death of the captain of that ship those poor people God rest their souls, just a dreadful part of history and one big cover up story, follow the money to find out the truth as always

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