VW1956 wrote:Hello Captain ACS. Thanks for the story of that book. I have never read it so knew nothing of what the story was about. I believe (from what I have read on this new forum) that some of the details were changed after 1912 to match up a bit more with the Titanic tradgedy. Ken.
In 1898, the book made little impression, but in 1912, after the sinking, it was re-published by McClure’s Magazine and Metropolitan Magazine of New York as The Wreck of the Titan. In this edition, the displacement and power of the fictional ship were increased, until they considerably exceeded those of Titanic. Displacement rose from 45,000 tons to 70,000 tons and power from 40,000 horsepower to 75,000. This book of second-guess prophecy proved no more lasting than the original. It was soon was forgotten by all but a few enthusiasts. Following James Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic, it was hastily reprinted in 1998.
But he was wrong, for in six months he received a letter which, in part, read as follows:
"Do not think me indifferent or ungrateful. I have watched from a distance while you made your wonderful fight for your old standards. You have won, and I am glad and I congratulate you. But Myra will not let me rest. She asks for you continually and cries at times. I can bear it no longer. Will you not come and see Myra?"
And the man went to see—Myra.
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