Tuesday, 17 December 2013

This is an insane coincidence you won't believe actually happened that Morgan Robertson writes about the Titanic 14 years early!


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Morgan Robertson was an American Author who wrote a trashy book called Futility, or the Wreck of Titan. The book was about the kinking of an Giant Unsinkable ocean liner. He wrote this book a hundred years before James Cameron turned douchebaggery into an art form at the Oscars. 
When you see the cover, you figure you're pretty clearly looking at a narrated version of the Titanic story.
there were 13 Titanic movies before Cameron's, including one by the Nazis. So, No surprise there; it's a story that's been told frequently. but Robertson's book was first.

Wait a moment! When he wrote the book?!

He was so eager to be first, apparently, that he did't bother to wait for the titanic to actually drop down before inditing about it. The Wreck of the Titan was published in 1898, 14 years before RMS Titanic was even finished being built.
The similarities between Robertson's work and the Titanic disaster are so amazing that one has to imagine if White Star Line built Titanic to Robertson's specs as a dare.
Both ships were British-owned steel vessels, both around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April, "around midnight." Sound like enough to keep you up at night? Maybe that's why Robertson republished the book in 1912 just in case enough people didn't know that he wrote it.

Wait, Its not finished!

While the novel does bear some curious coincidences with the Titanic disaster, there are quite a few things that Robertson got flat wrong. For one, the Titanic did not crash into an iceberg "400 miles from Newfoundland" at 25 knots. It crashed into an iceberg 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots.

That's one hell of a lucky guess! What 41.1 million square miles looks like.

But maybe the weirdest thing about Titan were points that had nothing to do with the story, but check out after numerous inquires and expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.





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