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The Tale Of The Titan

I was reading a news article this morning about the fate of the 5,900 artifacts recovered from the titanic. This infamous tale is one we all know so well thanks to the dynamic duo Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio. However, i decided to do a little more reading on that fateful night.

I discovered that in 1898, 14 years before the titanic sank a merchant sailor named Morgan Robertson wrote a fictional book titled “Futility” or “The Wreck Of The Titan” which held uncanny resemblance to the dreary tale of the titanic. The titan of Robertson’s story was built to be unsinkable, packed with elites of the time, encouraged to break the speed record, sank on its maiden voyage after striking an iceberg, and only 1/3 of the passengers survive due to an inadequate amount of life rafts…and those were just a few commonalities between the two.

Robertson’s book originally went unpublished due to the unbelievable nature of his story, but was eventually published by M.F. Mansfield in 1898. Since the sinking of the titanic in 1912 there have been numerous versions of Futility printed.

Just thought I’d share this curious bit of history.