TBone Jones

Blissfully Unaware Since 1954

              IRONY  -  Now there's a funny thing!

Or not, depending on your point of view. Irony can be really funny, and you can find it everywhere, even in the most tragic circumstances. There's a collection of stories and mysterys and odd facts, mostly but not exclusively from 19th Century America.

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As with everything else on this site its a work in progress, and here's a little something to wet your appetite.

Disaster At Sea!

The largest ship of its time, it was described as 'Unsinkable'. An ocean going liner crossing the Atlantic on its maiden voyage. Travelling between 23 to 25 knots, in the month of April, in calm seas at night it strikes an iceberg in mid Atlantic, and sinks with heavy loss of life caused in no small part by the insufficent number of lifeboats on board.

Is any of this sounding familiar? I was thinking 'Titanic'..........But I was wrong!

These are actually details from a novel entitled 'Futility' written by the author Morgan Robertson, and published by M F Mansfield of New York in 1898. That's 14 years before the Titanic disaster in 1912. And the name of the ship in the novel?

The Titan.

In Robertson's book the Titan sank on the 15th of April, the Titanic sank on the 14th. The Titan had three propellers as did the Titanic. The Titan carried 24 lifeboats for 3,000 passengers, the Titanic had 20 lifeboats for 2,207 passengers. The Titan was 800 ft long and weighed 75,000 tons, The Titanic was 882.5 ft long and weighed 66,000 tons. The Titan sailed from New York bound for England and hit an iceberg on its starboard side. The Titanic sailed from England bound for New York, and hit an iceberg also on its starboard side.

But I've not finished yet.

In 1914 Robertson published a short story called 'Beyond The Spectrum'. The story dealt with a then futuristic war between the United States and Japan. America goes to war with Japan in December after the Japanese launch a sneak attack on the American fleet on route to the Philippines and Hawaii. The war is fought with aircraft that carry what he termed 'Sun Bombs'. These bombs explode with such force they emit a blinding flash of light, and destroy whole cities!!

Morgan Robertson died of a drug overdose in 1915 aged 53.

Futility has been republished several times since then, but all have had details added to the original M F Mansfield publication to 'enhance' the prophecy. There is however one exception by Jack W Hannah, who published the original version in 1975, in Mansfield Ohio.