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.