I don’t know what has gotten me into this scary story kick. Honestly, it seems to have come out of nowhere! Summer is approaching quickly, people are still striving to work off that holiday weight for their bikinis and trunks, yet here I am ready for freakin’ halloween! Geez… there is something wrong with this guy. Luckily, Aaron isn’t weirded out by me, but a weirdo himself. So, I’m going to ride this out.
A couple days ago I was reminded of a story I once heard. Mind you, a true story. One that freaked me out when I first read it. And it has to do with none other than the most famous ship ever to have set off, marking one the greatest tragedies in human history. I’ve always had a strange obsession with the Titanic (even before the 1999 blockbuster hit the screen). The earliest memory I have is in fourth grade when I read a book about it for the first time. We had to do a book report. While my peers read books like Goosebumps, Animorphs and Wish Bone (Don’t hate. This dog taught me so much), I did my report on the Titanic. Talk about being a weirdo!
The RMS Titanic began its voyage on April 10, 1912 in which it would cross the North Atlantic Ocean to New York City. Sadly, it would never reach its destination. About 2,224 people were aboard the ship, crew included, but only 705 survived.
I chose 5 interesting facts, picking out the ones I think most people haven’t heard:
1) The RMS Titanic cost $7.5 million dollars to build (400 million today).
2) The price for one first class ticket was $4,700 which would be around $50,000 when compared in today’s world.
3) The Titanic would not have sunk if it had hit the iceberg straight on.
4) 2 dogs survived.
5) The Titanic was discovered 74 years after the fatal wreckage.
Now to the bizarre and incredibly shocking. Yes, we know much of the RSM Titanic, but little do we know that 14 years BEFORE the sinking of the Titanic, author Morgan Robertson wrote a novel titled Futility in 1898. The storyline is about a ship called “Titan” that hit (you guessed it) an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. How eerie is that?! Now, the storyline does have its own unique adventure, but there are many and I mean MANY similarities to the true story. Some include the ships sinking in April, speed, and the lack of enough lifeboats for all onboard. Both the fictional Titan and the Titanic were described as “practically unsinkable.” The number onboard Titan was roughly 300 passengers (2500) more than the true number on the Titanic. Lastly, both ships were said to be one of man’s greatest achievements to date.
I don’t know about you, but I find this story incredibly fascinating. I’ve read many stories describing authors writing fictional stories that have later become true. Are authors like mediums and psychics, pulling from something greater than themselves to predict the future? Or was Morgan Robertson’s Futility only a curious coincidence? I for one don’t believe in coincidence, but believe Mr. Robertson was in fact seeing the future. What does everyone else think? Are you as freaked out about this story as I am?