Answered How did the Titanic gets its name?


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Which in turn was a natural continuation of the naming of her sister ship, the Titans being fellow deities to the Olympians.

The Olympic in turn likely got her name inspired by the Olympic games that were held in London in 1908, the same period as the ships were being planned.
 
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The names of White Star ships ended in "ic" such as Titanic, Olympic, Britannic, etc.

Cunard ended in "ia" such as Lusitania, Mauretania, etc.

There is a story (which I don't know if it is true or not.....LOL) that the new ship that Cunard was building in the 1930's was to be named "Victoria". The ship builders told King George V
the new ship was to be named for "The most illustrious Queen in British History" (or something to that effect) . When King George V heard this, he replied " I shall tell my wife. She will be very pleased to hear this !" ......and the name of the new ship was to be "Queen Mary"

There is also a story that the next White Star ship after Olympic and Titanic was to be named "Gigantic", but this was changed to Britannic.
 
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And following the theme of Greek gods is one of the reasons that many believe that the third sister was to be named Gigantic after the Gigantes (Giants). Thus we would have the Olympians, the Titans, and the Giants.
 

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Which in turn was a natural continuation of the naming of her sister ship, the Titans being fellow deities to the Olympians.

The Olympic in turn likely got her name inspired by the Olympic games that were held in London in 1908, the same period as the ships were being planned.

The Oceanic (1899) was to have been the first of two ships in her class; the second one would have been named Olympic but she was postponed after the death of Thomas Ismay and then cancelled as the Big Four project was advanced.
 

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There was no god called Titan,; the Titans were a group, not an individual. See the following message:

 
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There was a novel published in 1898, fourteen (14) years before the ill fated vessel was even dreamt of. Its title; "Utility." Its author, Morgan Robinson. The author called his ship "The Titan." The story had so may similarities to the Titanic. You can watch the episode of "One Step Beyond, called "Night Of April 14th." that mentions this book and tells a true story of several premonitions that took place before the Titanic took off on its fatal voyage. It is episode two (2) of season one (1). I think you can watch it for free if you have Amazon Prime.
 
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There was a novel published in 1898, fourteen (14) years before the ill fated vessel was even dreamt of. Its title; "Utility." Its author, Morgan Robinson. The author called his ship "The Titan." The story had so may similarities to the Titanic. You can watch the episode of "One Step Beyond, called "Night Of April 14th." that mentions this book and tells a true story of several premonitions that took place before the Titanic took off on its fatal voyage. It is episode two (2) of season one (1). I think you can watch it for free if you have Amazon Prime.
The noval was was not 14 years before Titanic was even thought of.

Preminitions have to be specific and that book is way of, even the name of the Ship is wrong
 

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The story was called Futility, not Utility. It was republished in 1912 and the details of the ship were altered to make her bigger than Titanic. There must be more on this site.

The name of Titanic wasn't new. There was a freighter from 1888 called Titanic. There have been at least two more since 1912. One was a small tanker. Mike Standart saw her at sea. I've just discovered a very small freighter called Titanic. She's French registered and seems to be a riverboat.
 

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