The disaster of the Titanic
Some parapsychologists have speculated that the accident cause (or, perhaps better said, projecting) some warning events in direct proportion to its size. The higher the level of tragedy, the more credence to the prediction. At least, so say the experts.
Of course, some of the major disasters of the twentieth century, such as the accident in 1975 at Moorgate station, London Underground or the tragic collapse in Aberfane in 1966, give us a lot of evidence to support this theory. There are even more striking example - with the collapse in 1912 of "Titanic." Literally hundreds of people subsequently stated that they foresaw the catastrophe, and so widespread were the reports from sources around the world, that the predictions of the events of that terrible night, when more than 1300 people have disappeared beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic, have accumulated on the entire volume.
But among these insights are much more strange form of foresight, which concerns not a few days, and fourteen years before the actual event. In our case, this sea tragedy unprecedented in peacetime scale (comparable only "Estonia" ferry disaster that) was not only predicted, but even described in great detail. The man had a hand, was not a professional prophet, and the British novelist named Morgan Robertson. Robertsonova version of events contained in the story entitled "futility", which was published in 1898. The plot of the story is that a just Launched a large American ship, despite its reputation as unsinkable, naparyvaetsya an iceberg and is on the bottom, and killed large numbers of people.
The author called his ship "Titan", and this detail - only one of the few that have a terrible resemblance to actual events. Like his fictional predecessor, the "Titanic" was recognized as the largest ship to the same with a new type of rescue boats. Indeed, the two ships eerily similar sizes and the number of seats, number of pipes, turbines and vintov- was exactly the same. Almost in all possible ways, the ships were identical. More important is their grim fate for the two ships - and fictional and real - collided with an iceberg in the same area of the North Atlantic.
"Futility" not a great success, and even if it were the other way around, it is still doubtful that such an eerie prediction of the fate of the "Titanic" could have prevented the disaster. However, reading a book still work, it seems to save the lives of the crew of another ship that crossed the same water many years later.
In April 1935, a young sailor named William Reeves was standing on watch at the bow of the steamer "Titanian", launched in Tyneside, England, bound for Canada. Was approaching midnight when Reeves, recently read "Futility", indulged in quiet contemplation, and suddenly he was horrified to realize that between the real catastrophe of "Titanic" and the fictional event - a great similarity.
This finding is in no way he was not pleased, for his vehicle just crossed the ocean at the same latitude, and just in April, when the ship and Morgan Robertson, and the pride of the company "White Star Line" fell into their watery grave. Then Reeves came to mind that the exact date of the dive "Titanic" - April 14, 1912 - a day of his birth, and the thought of this coincidence gave rise to his eerie feeling that he became a member of some diabolical trick of fate.
Unable to anything anyone explain it, really mad, yelled, gave a danger signal, and ship the machine immediately gave full back. And at this very moment the ship, foam water, stop the run right in front of an iceberg, vynyrnuvshim menacing lump of nocturnal darkness. Reeves alarm sounds even for a few seconds later, "Titanian" without a doubt, and the rest would have followed his fatal resemblance to the "Titan" and would have gone straight to the bottom.
But even this is not the end of the strange coincidences in which facts are intricately intertwined with fiction, and who accompanied the tragedy of 1912. In 1886 a British journalist named William E. Stead also wrote a story about a ship that is sinking, naporovshis an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Although in this case the name of the ship was "Majestic", but the name of his captain -. EJ Smith - to coincide with the real name of the captain of the "Titanic".
Amazingly both - the British journalist, who later became interested in psychological phenomena, including the role of the predictions in our lives, have not noticed the warnings, made in his own story. E. W. Stead was the passenger of "Titanic" and during the tragedy of losing his life.