Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan written by Morgan Robertson was published in 1998, 14 years before RMS Titanic was even finished being built. When you see the cover you would imagine you're looking at a fictionalized version of the Titanic story.
Similarities between Robertson's work and the Titanic disaster are so astounding that one has to imagine if White Star Line built Titanic to Robertson's spec. The Titan was described as "the largest craft afloat and the reatest of the works of men... equal to that of a first class hotel," and of course "unsinkable".
Both ships were British owned steel vessels, both around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April.
The novel does bear some curious coincidences with the Titanic disaster.
The Titanic crashed 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots, the Titan at 25 knots.
The Titan and the Titanic had too few lifeboats to accommodate every passenger. It is strange that this is mentioned in the book as the Titan hit the iceberg and sank immediately so the point made about lifeboats wasnt even relevant to the story line.
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