Stories were wrote before the sinking of the Titanic that almost foreshawdowed the events to come! In a short story published in 1892, journalist W. T. Stead had offered a fictious account that previewed the disaster. Ironically, Stead was among the passengers who lost their lives that night of April 14, 1912. Still another warning, uncanny in detail, surface. Fourteen years earlier, in 1898, a remarkable coincidence began. Morgan Robertson, a young author, wrote a book entitled Futility, a fictionalized account of a furturistic steam liner that met diaster on it's maiden voyage. Amazingly similar, Robertson's ship was called the Titan, an 800 ft, 70,000 ton floating city. Like the Titanic, the Titan could accommodate 3000 people and like the Titanic, she carried only a fractino of the lifeboats necessary in case of an emergency. The Titan too was loaded with rich passengers and met it's end on an iceberg floating in the middle of the Atlantic during a cold April night. Equally phenomenal, however, was an event yet to happen. On an April night in 1935 a tramp steamer was bound westward, a routine England to Canada trip. Seaman Walter Reeves stood watch and waited for his shift to end at midnight. Although the night was cold and foggy, there seemed no imminent danger, and he struggled to free hismind of recurring thoughts of the Titanic and it's iceberg. Suddenly he was shocked by the realization that the Titanic had sunk on the date of his birth April 14, 1912, and impulsively he sounded the alarm. The ship came to a sharp halt-just a few yards from an unseen iceberg. So dangerous were the waters this steam floated in that it took an icebreaker nine days to clear a path for this boat, the Titinian. I got this from J. Weston Walch, Publisher 'Stranger than Fiction!'-
Family lore has told me that William T. Stead a Titanic victim was a cousin to my great grandfather John Alfred Cliff. I am interested in contacting Stead's descendants if they can be found. Anyone reading this who may be able to connect me to his descendants please pass on my email address [email protected] This site is an example of the WWW at its best. JMG
Thank you for doing this web site. Ever since I was six years old I have been fasinated with the Titanic. That was because my father told me that my great great grandfather was on the mother of all ships. His name was William T. Stead, and until now I never really knew much about him. I was suprised to see how much info. there was about him. Again THANK YOU! For now on I will be surfin to this web site and telling everyone about it .
I have seen the new movie 'Titanic' twice, and have been interested in the story since my marriage to one of the great, great grandsons of William T. Stead, who was a passenger on the Titanic. My children have a special interest, as can be imagined. Your site has more information on Mr. Stead than I have found elsewhere. I thank you for my children. Knowing more about their history helps them to understand more about themselves and who they are.
I'm interested in reading a copy of William Thomas Stead's article titled ``How the Mail Steamer Went Down in Mid-Atlantic, by a Survivor,'' in which a steamer collides with another ship and due to a shortage of lifeboats many people die. Stead wrote ``This is exactly what might take place and will take place if liners are sent to sea short of boats.'' And, ironically enough, it did happen to the very liner he was travelling on... Thank you.
This site is incredible! I've been reading and researching the Titanic disaster for quite some time and find this to be the most useful web site available. Can anyone tell me where the article 'How the Mail Steamer went Down in the Mid Atlantic' by William Stead can be found? I would love to read it! Keep up the great research!
What a great web site! There was a William Stead aboard the Titanic, who was a writer. Does he have any children or grandchildren or relatives living in the U.S.? Could we be related? Was there also a Robert Stead aboard the Titanic?
I recently visited the site looking for information on an Esperantist (I speak Esperanto) who died on the Titanic. I was misinformed and thought that he was an editor of The Times, but I did not have his name. However, I have recently discovered through a passing reference in the book 'Zamenhof: Creator of Esperanto' by Marjorie Boulton (GBP4 from Esperanto Centre http://www.esperanto.demon.co.uk) that the Esperantist is in fact the eminent William Thomas Stead, who although a journalist, was not the editor of the Times. If you could add the little piece of info about his ability to speak Esperanto, I would be most grateful. Thanks for a really informative site!
Damon M. Lord
Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom
Have been having a bit of a read of George Behe's book and I was wondering if Mr Stead ever did take out accident insurance.
In about 1907 hesaid his death had been fortold, he would be kicked to death by a mob in the streets of London! (I bet that fortune teller went broke). He then said he would have no need of accident insurance.
After a few more of his para-normal comings and goings he was told he would die in water.
So did he ever change his mind and take out some accidental death cover.
WT Stead was born and raised in my part of the world (The North East of England). There is a little known memorial to WT Stead in Preston Cemy, North Shields, erected by his sister.
You might be interested to learn that his ghost is said to have appeared to his sister (at the vicarage in Embleton where WT had been born) at the exact moment that Titanic slipped beneath the waves...
Would it be possible for you to give us more specifics on this matter? Paranormal incidents connected with the Titanic disaster are a special interest of mine, but the anecdote you just mentioned is completely new to me.
Hey George,Thats interesting!
I think your Stead chapter is going to turn into it's own book soon!
It was a couple of small items in our 1912 Aussie newspapers that got me interested in the guy, now I find the whole WT story very interesting but I must confess to being a real sceptic on all the paranormal matters.
Do you mind if I ask you what you think of it all?
I like the way you have written the book, it is sort of balanced and easy for a slow reading sceptic (like me) to enjoy.
BTW, when did the Stead re-appearances (or manifestations) stop? or do these type of things continue to happen?
>I think your Stead chapter is going to turn into >it's own book soon!
It's starting to look that way, isn't it?
>.... I must confess to being a real sceptic
>on all the paranormal matters.
>Do you mind if I ask you what you think of it >all?
I'm a lot more skeptical about the paranormal than I used to be, but I still try to keep an open mind on the subject.
>BTW, when did the Stead re-appearances (or >manifestations) stop? or do these type of
>things continue to happen?
Funny you should ask -- I spoke with him just this morning.
Seriously, though, I kind of doubt that Mr. Stead's 'manifestations' are a present-day occurrence; the 'immediacy' of Stead's life and death has receded into the past, and most people today don't even know that he once existed (except for us Titanic buffs, that is.)
I have been researching Stead now with the other people who have a Yorkshire connection for a while now so in answer to the questions posed I would like to say.
1/ to Andrew Rodgers. I am not sure as to weather he took out life assurance but on the presumption that most well to do people had insurance against just about anything I would think it a safe bet that he will of taken assurance on his life if only to safeguard his family.
2/ to Pamela. yes his memorial is little known and the story of his apparition is I belive only raised quite recently, but I have not seen any recorded evidence that it was his sister that saw the apparition, I was led to believe that it was a close friend who says he saw him at this time.
I to like George Behe would like to know where this bit of info came from as I haven't seen this before.
3/ George also says that if it was not due to his death he would not be remembered, I think due to his work as a reporter in his early days he may well stand out in history. There is a site in memory of Stead with some interesting links which I will supply to anyone who hasn't already been to it.
To finish if anyone has info regarding stead I would be most grateful to hear from them as he is of interest to me along with thirteen other people with Yorkshire connections
whilst I am on the subject does anyone know the name of stead's 5 children, as for some reason I appear to of lost this info.
also I have been trying to associate the connection of the editor of review of reviews 1923 - 1930 of the same name of Stead.