Fictional Story Mirrors Titanic Tragedy 14 Years Prior

Typically we give you facts and data of a public policy nature, but sometimes there are facts that are just interesting and worth sharing outside of that. Today’s Snippet comes from the land of Bizzaro World.

The story of the Titanic is a tragic lesson in history. While we remember it to this day through a blockbuster movie, and even exhibits here in Las Vegas, was the event predictable beforehand? Apparently so.  Morgan Robertson wrote a story called “Futility, or the wreck of the Titan” in 1898, some 14 years before the Titanic sank in 1912. The story describes an ocean liner named the Titan with a crew and passenger capacity of 3,000 people. The ship is the largest of it’s kind in the world. It’s new technology with 19 watertight compartments made the ship unsinkable according to its description in the book. Starting to sound familiar?


Wouldn’t you guess it, the ship meets the very same fate as the Titanic, hitting an iceberg somewhere in the North Atlantic, where most of the crew and passengers die. If it wasn’t eerie enough to have such similarities, the details become so alike as to raise a few hairs on the back of the neck.

Specs  Titan (1889)  Titanic (1912)
 Nationality British  British
Length 800ft 882.5ft
Metal  Steel  Steel
 Weight  45,000  66,000
 Horse Power 40,000  46,000
 Propellors  3  3
 Masts  2  2
 Watertight compartments  19  16
 Number of Lifeboats  24  20
 Passenger Capacity  3,000  3,000
 Passengers on board  3,000  2,228
 Speed at Impact  25 knots  22.5 knots
 Time of Impact  near midnight  11.40pm
 Point of Impact  Starboard  Starboard
 Month  April  April
 Number of Survivors  13  705