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Did a Strange Author Predict the Sinking of The Titanic - 14 Years Early?
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Did a Strange Author Predict the Sinking of The Titanic - 14 Years Early?

There was a book written fourteen years before the sinking of the Titanic happened titled "Futility" by Morgan Robertson. This book was remarkably similar to the tragedy that happened to the Titanic in 1912.

Morgan Robertson Had a Sinking Feeling

Whenever there is a tragic event, there are soothsayers and other psychic individuals who rush forward with their tales of how the birds in their backyard hung upside down from the clothesline by one leg, and forecast the disaster. But there is usually no real proof to back up their claims.

This wasn't the case, with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Fourteen years before the ship went down, Morgan Robertson published a book called Futility, in which a ship called the Titan, sank. The great ship had been built with 19 water-tight compartments and was capable of staying afloat, even if nine of them were full of water. Because of the latest technology that went into her creation, and made it so superior, the Titan carried only the minimum number of lifeboats required: 24, with places for 500 of her 3,000 passengers.

Eventually, in his book, the Titan struck an iceberg on the starboard side, while in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage. The month was April. Only 13 people survived.

In 1912, perhaps capitalizing on the bizarre event forecast in his story, Robertson had his book reprinted under the title Wreck of the Titan. In it, the outstanding similarities remained the same as the 1898 version. He did change a few "minor" details, which in no way altered the outcome, or the potential for disaster. He increased the weight to slightly more than the real Titanic, and upped the horsepower to 50% more than the real ship. What he was trying to prove with those alterations, nobody knows.

Robertson himself, was the son of a Great Lakes ship captain. He would run away as a teenager, to join the Merchant Marine, rising to the rank of First Mate, before leaving the sea. He died in March of 1915, in Atlantic City, where his body was found in front of an open window, overlooking the ocean.

- Asked by oldman52, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Sydney, Retired

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I don't think he foresaw it. I think it was just a coinkidinki.

The Titan wasn't an actual ship and it capsized and sank almost instantly. Lifeboats would not have mattered.
The Titanic went down slowly. VERY slowly. Painfully slowly.

The Titan sank upon it's third voyage from New York and not on it's first voyage.

It's not such a stretch to believe that the word, "Titan", or a derivative there of would be used for the author's ship and the Titanic.
Titan means a thing (or person) of enormous size, power and strength.

Robertson did die fairly young and, apparently, from a drug overdose of a drug that was often used to treat a multitude of problems from minor ailments to syphilis which cause insanity.

Nostradamus is credited with predicting the future too but most folks realize that much of what he foretold, was going to happen anyway just given the odds.

- Response by jenny12, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, Other Profession

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Life is always stranger than fiction.Is'nt it?

- Response by frenchkiss49, A Thinker, Female, 66 or older, Tampa, Who Cares?

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There's no such thing as coincidence.

- Response by A Thinker, Female, 29-35

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