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A floating palace sailed from Southampton in 1898 on her maiden voyage. It was the biggest and
grandest liner ever built, and rich passengers savored its luxury as they journeyed to the United States.
But the ship never reached its destination. Its hull was ripped open by an iceberg, and it sank with heavy
loss of life.
That liner existed only on paper, in the imagination of a novelist named Morgan Robertson. The name he
gave to his fictional ship was Titan, and the books title was Futility.
Both the fiction and futility were to turn into terrifying fact. Fourteen years later a real luxury liner set out
on a similar maiden voyage. It too was laden with rich passengers. It too rammed an iceberg and sank, and
as in Robertson's novel, the loss of life was fearful because there were not enough life boats. It was the
night of April 14, 1912. The ship was the RMS Titanic.

The similarities between Robertson's Titan and the real Titanic go way beyond the name and fate of both



British Ship British Ship
3 Propellers 3 Propellers
Watertight Bulkheads 15 Watertight Bulkheads 19
Weight: 65,250 Tons Weight: 70,000 Tons
Length: 882 feet Length: 800 feet
Speed: 24 knots Speed: 24 knots
Passenger Capacity: 3,000 Passenger Capacity: 3,000
Passengers Aboard: 2,200 Passengers Aboard: 2,000
Maiden Voyage: April Maiden Voyage: April
hit iceberg on Starboard side hit iceberg on Starboard side
Lifeboats 20 Lifeboats 24
numerous deaths caused by lack of lifeboats numerous deaths caused by lack of lifeboats


Robertson later wrote a book, Beyond the Spectrum, that described a future war fought with aircraft that carried
"sun bombs".Incredibly powerful, one bomb could destroy a city, erupting in a flash of light that blinds all who look
at it. The war begins in December, started by the Japanese with a sneak attack on Hawaii....sound familiar?