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Strange Coincidence of the TitanicPosted Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 1:24 PM
There exists a synchronicity between all things in the Universe and Beyond.
In 1898, a man named Morgan Robertson wrote a novel titled FUTILITY -- a story about a passenger ship, the largest and most grandiose luxury ocean liner ever produced. It sailed on its maiden voyage from Southampton on the south coast of England, destination the United States of America, loaded with wealthy passengers.
The ship was named the TITAN.
However, the TITAN never did reach the USA -- it struck an iceberg and sank, an enormously horrific disaster which included heavy loss of life.
In 1912, a passenger ship, the largest and most grandiose luxury ocean liner ever produced, sailed on its maiden voyage from Southampton on the south coast of England, destination the United States of America, loaded with wealthy passengers.
The ship was named the TITANIC.
The fictional TITAN and the doomed TITANIC were approximately the same size and speed, both carrying some 3,000 passengers. And both were declared to be unsinkable.
Four days into the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, the TITANIC was some 375 miles south of Newfoundland. At 40 minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the luxury liner hit an iceberg, buckling the hull on the starboard sink and soon sank.
The TITANIC had only enough lifeboat capacity for 1,178 people. When the ship went down, 1,513 people perished. The remains of the unsinkable ocean liner currently lay on the ocean floor, in two pieces, at a depth of 12,415 feet.
In 1935, a tramp steamer was bound from England to Canada. A seaman named William Reeves was on the bow, standing watch alone until his shift ended at midnight on April 14. Seaman Reeves had been born on April 14, 1912, the day the TITANIC hit an iceberg just before midnight and sank. It was his 23rd birthday.
The tramp steamer was named the TITANIAN.
The sea was calm and visibility poor. Seaman Reeves was dwelling on the sinking of the TITANIC years earlier on his date of birth, when he shouted out a danger warning. The helmsman rang the bell and engines went into full astern.
The TITANIAN came to rest a few yards from a huge iceberg. Other icebergs soon floated in, surrounding the steamer. It took nine days for ice breakers from Newfoundland to cut a path through the ice and rescue the ship.
The TITAN went down on the pages of fiction -- 14 years later, the TITANIC went down on April 14, killing more than 1,500 people -- 23 years later, the TITANIAN almost went down on April 14, but was spared by fate.
We reside in a Great Mystery, dismayed by coincidence, awakened by serendipity.
Quote for the Day -- "Coincidences may seem strange, but they are never a result of caprice. They are orderly laws in the spiritual life of man." Norman Vincent Peale
Bret Burquest is the author of 9 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY and 11:11 EARTH TIME (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where every single moment is serendipity.
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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.