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The wreck of the Titan, or, Futility (1898)

by Morgan Robertson

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Got it because of the story accompanying the actual book. As a Titanic afficionado, I had no idea. Quite a good story, with some very interesting elements. Smooth reading as well. ( )
  Hana.Dooren.Richter | Sep 22, 2013 |
This book has been called "a nineteenth-century prophecy" due to its striking similarities to the actual wreck of the Titanic, which occurred fourteen years after this story was published. I had been wanting to read this book for some time to see for myself the "prophetic" story of an 'unsinkable' liner named the Titan which struck an iceberg in the Atlantic one April, whose passengers perished due to a lack of lifeboats. This book wasn't exactly what I thought it'd be, probably since I had books like "A Night to Remember" in mind, where most of the action focused on the time immediately before and after the iceberg was struck. This story, on the other hand, wasted little time (a paragraph?) sinking the ship, and the rest of the book focused on the story of a survivor who beats the odds and rescues the small child of his former love interest.

Despite not meeting my expectations, I actually really liked the story that did take place, as it was a story of personal survival and redemption for the protagonist, who showed a lot more character than I had taken him for initially. ( )
1 vote wnk1029 | Mar 19, 2012 |
Not very well written, if memory serves, but interesting in its historical juxtaposition to the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Like the Titanic, Robertson’s Titan is, prophetically, the largest ship of its day and is carrying some of the wealthiest people in the world when it strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sinks with a great loss of life and property. Unlike Titanic, Titan is powered by steam and sail and some of the survivors seek refuge on the icebergs with, of all things, polar bears, again if memory serves. It’s just another one of those mysterious “happenings” and circumstances surrounding the Titanic’s loss, adding to the mythology surrounding it. A must have for Titanic buffs but not for much else. ( )
1 vote Renzomalo | Feb 8, 2012 |
Quite a famous story purely because, published in 1898 and featuring the collision of a luxury liner, the Titan, with an iceberg, it presaged the Titanic collision by 14 years. The similarities in terms of ship size, speed and lack of lifeboats are startling. Beyond this curiosity, however, it is a rather pedestrian story of nautical insurance fraud, an unlikely hero and improbable coincidences. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 6, 2010 |
Since I heard about the short story that seemly predicted the sinking of the Titanic I wanted to read it. It's bizarre how close the ship details and the description of the sinking of the Titan and Titanic. If the Titanic had never sunk this would have been an interesting obscure short story published in 19th century. Nevertheless it is an entertaining short story on its own. ( )
  edjane | Jun 20, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671018191, Hardcover)

First published in 1898, a novel about the sinking of a supposedly unsinkable ocean liner. This fiction contains a series of parallels to the real-life sinking of the Titanic in 1912, but is ostensibly an account of how a disgraced naval officer is thwarted in his plans to expose his greedy employers, by fate and by foul means.

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Robertson's story, written fourteen years before the historic event it presaged, parallels the descriptions and fate of the Titanic with psychic precision. His tale, however, doesn't end with the passengers' watery demise; rather, it chronicles the detective work instigated by members of Lloyd's of London, embroiling Scotland Yard, when word comes in that the heavily insured ship has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. What ensues is a battle between insurers and attorneys, in London and New York, and a survivor who has rescued another passenger's daughter. Robertson draws upon his own rich and wild experience as a seaman on the Atlantic to weave a narrative interspersed with colloquial dialogue, bringing to life the conflicts between the rich merchants who rely upon shipping and the sailing men relied upon to chart their courses.… (more)

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