posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 02:13 PM
First, a bit of buisness: I know there are threads on this topic but I wanted to get the opinions of current members. Also, I chose to put the info
in general chit chat but it could fit under Literature. So mods....
Anyway, since this year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I decided to teach an entire unit on the disaster. While
researching information, I stumbled across an interesting tidbit of information. I do have a vague memory of hearing about this before, but now I
know its true.
So here's the deal. Fourteen years before the Titanic set sail, Morgan Robertson wrote a book titled "Futility." Interestingly, the novella's
plot dealt with a boat striking an iceberg and sinking. The name of the boat? The Titan.
So did Robertson somehow "foresee" the disaster? Was this a prediction or just an incredible coincidence? I'll admit, I find it a trifle spooky.
Here are the parallels between the Titan and the Titanic:
Both ships were extremely large (800 ft for Titan vs 882 for Titanic)
Both ships sailed in April, hit an iceberg, and sank
Both ships were considered "unsinkable"
Both were triple screw (propeller)
Both lacked enough lifeboats to save even half of the passengers
The ships struck the iceberg on the starboard side
Great loss of life for both the Titan and the Titanic