Daily Mail, London, England, April 17, 1912
Strange Prophecy of the Titanic's Fate.
How strangely imagination may anticipate history has seldom been more remarkably shown than in the disaster to the Titanic. It was foretold in many of its details in a curious little novel by Mr. Morgan Robertson entitled “Futility,” published in the United States fourteen years ago. The story tells how a monster liner, the Titan, “was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession, and trade known to civilization.” She was believed to be “unsinkable, indestructible.” She carried 2,000 passengers, and she started on her voyage across the Atlantic in April.
She was running at full speed when “a shout from the crow’s nest split the air. ‘Ice,’ yelled the lookout, ‘ice ahead. Iceberg. Right under the bows.’ The first officer amidships and the captain, who had remained there, sprung to the engine room telegraph….In five seconds the bow began to lift, and ahead and on either hand could be seen through the fog a field of ice which arose in an incline 200 feet high in her track.” There was a “deafening noise of steel scraping and crashing over ice…Forty-five thousand tons—deadweight—rushing through the fog at fifty feet a second had buried itself at an iceberg.
“Had the impact been received by a perpendicular wall the elastic ‘resistance of bending plates and frames would have overcome the momentum with no more damage to the passengers by a mere shaking up, and to the ship than the crushing of her bows and the killing to a man of the watch below. She would have backed off and, slightly down by the head, finished the journey at reduced speed.
“But a low beach, possibly formed by the recent overturning of the berg, received the Titan, and with or keel cutting the ice like the steel runner of an ice boat and her great weight resting on the starboard bilse she rose out of the sea higher and higher—then she heeled, overbalanced and crashed down on her side to starboard.”