Strange and Macabre Facts about the Titanic

strangeWe’ve all heard the history of the sinking of the Titanic. We’ve heard of the pomp and pagentry involved in the luxurious vessel as well as the tremendous loss of life. What we seldom hear is the strange events leading up to it.

I’ll paste a link below where you can visit the source I stumbled across.

  • The White Star Line had no naming ceremony for the ship. Sailors regarded this as a terrible portent.
  • The ship nearly wrecked as soon as it left the construction dock. Another maritime bad omen.
  • Mechanics in the boiler room, before the ship’s final voyage, noticed a number of rats running together. They recalled later that the rats were running away from the area of the ship that would collide with the iceberg.
  • Helen E. Bell was going to sail on the Titanic… until she read an article which prompted a vision. She saw a sunken ship and heard, “this will be on its first voyage.”

These are just a few brief examples of the staggering numbers of omens, portents and strange stories surrounding this ship. More can be found here.

 

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4 thoughts on “Strange and Macabre Facts about the Titanic

  • May 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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    Loverly,

    Titanic has been a major area of inspiration and study to me for most of my life, so I am familiar with the stories. And, yes, the sheer number of people who had omens prior to boarding (even during the trip) was considerable. This aspect of the Titanic legend I have always found truly fascinating. I appreciate your post. Maybe you can delve deeper into the subject in future posts?

    By the way, in case you haven’t seen it, I have a post on Titanic and research at my blog: http://researcherone.wordpress.com . There are a myriad of links there, too. A few are reputable. I have been a member at http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org since 2004. This site offers a staggering plethora of insight from both laypeople and VIPs of the Titanic community from all over the world. You can conduct research there for months and still not see everything. Discussions abound on every topic. If you and/or other readers are interested in learning more about Titanic, I suggest you visit the site.

    Again, thanks for the inspirational post.

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    • May 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm
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      Hi! Thank you very much, I’m glad you liked it. I’ve heard of that for years, the old television program “One Step Beyond,” (the primitive Twilight Zone), actually devoted an episode to the truthful omen that saved one woman’s life, as well as the painter who had the strange urge to paint a portrait of a sinking ship the night it happened. He worked in advertising (he drew/designed ads) so it was a shock to all when he finished it.

      I’ll check out your links and thanks for posting them! Sometimes I think the stories behind these terrible events are just as fascinating as the events themselves.

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  • June 9, 2011 at 9:49 am
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    Hi, Ocie! I don’t advertise the blog beyond a tweet or a post on facebook, I don’t have the time.

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