Yes, Morgan Roberston did indeed write a book in 1898 called "Futility", which is about a ship called the Titan which hits an iceberg and sinks. While there are some similarities between it and the Titanic, there are a lot more differences. It's been way over rated as a predictor of the disaster.
For more discussion on this, there is a subtopic in "Titanic Books" that deals with Robertson's book.
Jason's right. Robertson was obviously interested in this sort of thing, and extrapolated known information to form the basis of his book. e.g. ships were increasing in size, year on year; the profit on transatlantic runs; the problem of icebergs etc. And if you want to give a whopping great ship a name, then Titan or something similar seems fairly suitable.
Seems more like the creative power of the human mind, rather than its supernatural predictive power. Rather like, for example, writing a book now about the loss of a tourist space ship - which will most probably happen one day.
Still, at least he could have said "I told you so.", although I don't know if there is any record that he did.
Perhaps the book didn't sell well enough at the time to have any effect on those charged with designing and running ships?
I don't think of Robertson's or Stead's works as predictions, big ships had hit icebergs before, S.S Arizona is but one example, though she survived to sail another day. Ice was a nemesis to shipping long before Titanic, many ships that simply vanished were thought to have met their fate at the hands of a berg such as the Collins Line steamer Pacific in the 1850's. It was thought at the time she struck ice, however the remains of her hull were eventually found in the Irish Sea.
The point I'm trying to make in my last post is such a disaster was very much a reality not a fiction that eventually came true. And the name Titan for his ship was just coincidence, size was conveyed in names of ships, Great Eastern's working title was Leviathan later used for the former Vaterland. Tonya
>And the name Titan for his ship was just coincidence
Oh, do I ever agree! Does anyone think if Robertson had named his ship the "Lusitania," people today would be giving him a second thought? Or do they think if he had, the Lusy would have hit an iceberg instead of being torpedoed?
Coincidences are far more common than anyone getting lucky with a "prediction" of the future. I've met a number of people who claim (quite seriously) to be clairvoyant, but in reality they can't see into the middle of the next 15 minutes.