The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility by Morgan Robertson was a tale of an “unsinkable” ship’s deadly collision with an iceberg, written 14 years before the real-life Titanic disaster.
Could this book have been a premonition of the events that would take place 14 years later?
There are some startling coincidences between the two. The most obvious starting point is that of the names of the boats. In futility the boat is named “Titan’ which is eerily similar to ‘Titanic’.
There’s also the details of the ship itself. Both were called ‘Unsinkable’, both were giant vessels, with the Titanic measuring only about 25 metres longer than the fictional Titan. Both ships were also capable of speeds greater than 20 knots and were almost identical in terms of design, numbers of engines and masts.
The similarities continue to grow stranger. Both ships sank as a result of hitting an iceberg. Both events happened in Mid – April.
∞ 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, also on the starboard side on an April night in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland.
Although both boats were carrying thousands of passengers, they were both only carrying the bare minimum legal requirements of lifeboats, resulting in the unnecessary death of thousands…
∞ 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.
Morgan was an American merchant marine officer, he was also a writer and credited by some as the inventor of the periscope. Due to his credentials his knowledge of naval vessels would obviously be profound, but the similarities are uncanny…
What so you think? Premonition or extreme coincidence?