Interesting facts

Insane Coincidence or Terrifying Prediction

“Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan” was published in 1898 which was 14 years before the Titanic sank.
Hahaha…. author was so eager to publish that he didn’t bother to wait for the Titanic to actually sink before writing about it.

Lets get to facts:

  • Of Course you can see similarities in names. This can be a coincidence, right?
  • Both were propeller with a capacity of 3,000 passengers and a top speed of 24 knots. Ok maybe this can be a coincidence or by knowledge of ships.
  • Both the Titan and the Titanic were described as being “unsinkable”. This also agreed as coincidence.
  • The Titanic carried only 16 lifeboats, plus 4 Engelhardt folding lifeboats, less than half the number required for her passenger and crew capacity of 3000. The Titan carried “as few as the law allowed”, 24 lifeboats, which could carry less than half of her total complement of 3000.
  • Both ships struck an iceberg – The titanic struck the iceberg moving at 22½ knots 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. The titan also struck an iceberg moving at 25 knots, curiously also on the starboard side on an April night in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) from Newfoundland. Wow Now this is a Terrifying Prediction! 
  • The Titanic sank, and more than half of her 2200 passengers and crew died. Of the Titanic’s crew and passengers, 705 survived. The Titan also sank, and more than half of her 2500 passengers also drowned. In fact, only 13 ultimately survived the disaster.
  • Both sunk in month of April.

After the sinking of the Titanic, Robertson gained great acclaim for being a clairvoyant, a title he denied. “No,” he would reply. “I know what I’m writing about, that’s all.”
The similarities were explained by his extensive knowledge of shipbuilding and maritime trends.

Source :,_or_the_Wreck_of_the_Titan

Did you know that? I never knew this until I came across a sentence The Book That Predicted the Sinking of the Titanic.