A novel written by Morgan Robertson in 1898, titled “Futility Or The Wreck Of The Titan“, features the ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The story of the doomed Titan has uncanny similarities to that of the real-life sinking of the RMS Titanic. Just by looking at the cover of the book, it is eerily similar to the Titanic.
The Titanic was completed on 2nd April 1912, 14 years before the book was published. Robertson republished the book in 1912, and changed the name to Wreck of the Titan. Below are some of the bizarre co-incidences between the fact and the fiction:
- There were 16 lifeboats on the Titanic, less than half the number required for her passenger and crew capacity of 3000. On the Titan, there were 24 lifeboats, less than half needed for her passengers and crew.
- Titanic struck an iceberg 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. Like the Titanic, the Titan also struck an iceberg on the starboard side on an April night in the north Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland.
- The Titanic was described in the newspapers as “designed to be unsinkable”, the Titan was deemed “practically unsinkable” in the book.
- Both ships that were deemed to be unsinkable, sank, more than half of the Titanic’s passengers and crew, a total of 2200 perished. The Titan also lost more than half of her 2500 passengers and crew.