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Some Believed Myths on Titanic RMS

There have been carious legends and myths surrounding the RMS Titanic over the past many years. These have ranged from the myth about the ship being unsinkable, to the myth concerning the final song played by the ship's orchestra, the stories related to Morgan, the mummy myths, etc. 

That in the evening on April 14, 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic hit an iceberg and sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the unfortunate event resulted the death of 1,517 people of the 2,223 passengers and crew members aboard. To make sense of this tragic and seemingly random disaster, people over the past century have told stories of ominous signs of bad luck that were ignored before the ship leaved the port which are supported by some real and believable evidences, or spun elaborate conspiracy theories to explain the “real” reason it sank. There is a story about a cursed Egyptian gold mummy which took some lives in the past was on the ship which was the reason that it sank. That it was written by one of the passengers who went down with the Titanic, his name was William Stead, a British editor who subscribed to early 20th century spiritualism and had spent the past several years claiming a cursed mummy was causing mysterious destruction and disaster in London. As with other myths about “Egyptian curses” and “Native American burial grounds,” this myth played off of colonialists’ anxiety about the people whose land they had plundered. Another myth was a Strange Prediction. That in 1898, fourteen years before the sinking of the Titanic, author Morgan Robertson published a novella titled Futility or The Wreck of the Titan. It told the story of an “unsinkable” British ocean liner, the largest of its time, it was named The Titan, which struck an iceberg and sank, leading to mass casualties due to a shortage of lifeboats. After the sinking of the Titanic, the book was revised somewhat. It was renamed “Wreck of the Titan,” but the original still seemed to contain a number of eerie premonitions. While in another true story the Titanic was designed to comply with the Grade 1 subdivision proposed by the 1891 Bulkhead Committee, meaning that it could stay afloat with any 2 adjoining out of its 16 main compartments open to the sea. The height of the bulkhead deck above the water line in flooded condition was well above the requirements, and the vessel would have been able to float with 3 adjoining compartments flooded in 11 of 14 possible combinations. Thus it is not possible to believe one without a strong base.

By: Anuja Arora