We all know the story of the Titanic – called unsinkable – it sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. What you may not know is that 14 years before that, author Morgan Robertson wrote a short novel called "Futility" - the story of the sinking of a huge oceanliner named "The Titan". 

Here are some facts:

  • The real life Titanic was 882.5 feet long, the fictional Titan was 800 feet long.
  • Both ships were all steel with 3 propellers and 2 masts.
  • Both ships were considered unsinkable. The Titan had 19 water tight compartments. The Titanic had 16.
  • Both ships had water tight doors. The Titan had 92 and Titanic had 12.
  • Each was the largest passenger ship ever built.
  • Each could carry about 3000 people. The Titan was filled to capacity. The Titanic carried 2,235.
  • The Titanic's horse power was 46,000. The Titan's was 40,000.
  • Both ships did not have enough lifeboats. Supposedly they didn’t need them because both ships were unsinkable. The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Titan had 24.
  • Both ships began their voyage in April.
  • Both struck an iceberg near midnight.
  • The Titanic was going 22.5 knots when it hit the iceberg. The Titan was going 25 knots.
  • Both ships grazed the iceberg on the starboard side at spots a few hundred miles apart.
  • Both ships were traveling between England and New York.

The Titanic sank on this date in 1912. But somehow Morgan Robertson seemed to have a view of that event more than 14 years earlier.