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PostSubject: Titanic was an OP?   Titanic was an OP? EmptySat 27 Apr 2013, 7:27 pm

Predictive programming novel released 10yrs prior to the Titanic sinking....

"The Wreck of the Titan is an 1898 novella written by Morgan Robertson. The story features the ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The Titan and its sinking have been noted to be very similar to the real-life passenger ship RMS Titanic, which sank fourteen years later. Following the wreck the novel was reissued with some changes, particularly in the ship's gross tonnage."

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In early April, a luxury ocean liner set off across the Atlantic. The boat didn't carry enough lifeboats to hold its 3,000-odd passengers, but that didn't matter since the liner was deemed to be "unsinkable." One fateful night, the liner struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, causing the boat to sink and most of its passengers to perish. No, this wasn't the sinking of the Titanic. It's the plot of the novella Futility, which was published in 1898, 14 years before the Titanic sank.


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At the time of its publication, Futility was not a popular book. At a time when Americans were feeling optimistic about technology and Jules Verne and HG Wells were in vogue, technological pessimism found not the way to win critical or popular acclaim. In fact, despite a respectable career spinning sea yarns and proto-pulps, Robertson might be a largely forgotten author if not for the Titanic disaster. By the time the Titanic was in its design phases, Futility was already out of print. After the real "unsinkable" ship went down in 1912, folks started noticing some striking similarities between Robertson's fiction and the Titanic fact, even from the opening pages:

From the bridge, engine-room, and a dozen places on her deck the ninety-two doors of nineteen water-tight compartments could be closed in half a minute by turning a lever. These doors would also close automatically in the presence of water. With nine compartments flooded the ship would still float, and as no known accident of the sea could possibly fill this many, the steamship Titan was considered practically unsinkable.

Built of steel throughout, and for passenger traffic only, she carried no combustible cargo to threaten her destruction by fire; and the immunity from the demand for cargo space had enabled her designers to discard the flat, kettle-bottom of cargo boats and give her the sharp dead-rise-or slant from the keel-of a steam yacht, and this improved her behavior in a seaway. She was eight hundred feet long, of seventy thousand tons' displacement, seventy-five thousand horse-power, and on her trial trip had steamed at a rate of twenty-five knots an hour over the bottom, in the face of unconsidered winds, tides, and currents. In short, she was a floating city-containing within her steel walls all that tends to minimize the dangers and discomforts of the Atlantic voyage-all that makes life enjoyable.

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