Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The sinking of the Titanic was predicted

American author Morgan Robertson predicted the sinking of the Titanic 14 years before it occurred. His novel was published in 1898 entitled: The Wreck of the Titan or, Futility. What is interesting is the fact that this book has numerous similarities with the historic shipwreck, which exceed the limits of imagination. 
The novel refers to an ocean liner named "Titan". It was considered to be the greatest achievement of mankind, being practically unsinkable. The construction included 19 compartments, being able to stay afloat even if 9 of them filled with water. Confident in their construction, the manufacturers predicted space for only 24 lifeboats, enough to accommodate 500 out of 3000 passengers on board the ship. Later on, in the book, Titan hits an iceberg,  sinking during a night in April, in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage. Only 13 passengers survived the wreck. 

In 1912 the Titanic was considered to be unsinkable, built on top of 19 compartments; believing that if 9 of them were to fill up with water it would remain afloat. Only 20 lifeboats were on board the Titanic.It sank on the 14th of April 1912, in the North Atlantic, after colliding with an iceberg. The coincidences are more than impressive. After the actual sinking of the Titanic, Morgan Robertson reprinted his book, entitled "The Wreck of the Titan". He made some minor changes here and there, but he did not change the story or the strange similarities with the actual events of the Titanic.