Friday, January 25, 2008
In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a book called Futility about a ship striking an iceberg and sinking. It's about a man named John Rowland whom was a royal Navy Lieutenant but was relieved for drinking. He soon became a deck hand on the R.M.S. Titan. It was 800 feet long(the Titanic was 882 1/2), 15 water tight compartments ( the TITANIC had 9), and 45,00 tons ( the TITANIC was 46,328). On the 3 voyage, John meets a former girlfriend with her husband and her daughter. On his turn to be a lookout, he was drunk and it was foggy. The ship struck an iceberg, capsized, and sank backwards in 2 hours but 13 survived. The collision sends John and woman's daughter flying onto the iceberg. They live off of a polar bear that he killed. They are later rescued. I'd recommend that parents read this book before their children.