Could Wildes queer feeling have been derived from his subconscious connection to a global karschick, an under current of foreknowledge not available to our consciousness ? Over 50 people cancelled their bookings on the Titanic . One cancellation came from J. P. Morgan, the owner of the White Star Line, who canceled his booking aboard Titanic at the last moment. There were even crew members who failed to sail, those who did not report for muster were classed as 'Failed to Join.'
Jim Mulholland and Jenny the Cat
Those who came aboard, stood muster, then left failed to return by sailing time were regarded as "Deserted." One such listed as deserted was a young Irish boy from Belfast Jim Mulholland.
Jim Mulholland worked as a stoker on the ship. One of his tasks was to look after the ships cat. Ships of the era generally kept a Cat or two onboard. The official feline Mascot of the Titanic was named Jenny, who worked to control the ship's rodent population.
Literary Works that Predicted the Titanic Disaster
When the Titanic struck the fatal iceberg, onboard ship, many were viewing a movie. .... the 1912 silent version of the Poseidon Adventure ... oy ! Talk about Irony.
This scenario brings to mind the incident in Ruthwell, England. The townsfolk were watching a scene in the film Around the World in 80 Days, where a hot air balloon was about to take off, their TV sets went off due to a power cut. Nearby, power lines had been damaged. A hot air balloon had crashed into them.
There are a number of literary works from the era which reflected a eerie pre-shadow of the impending disaster. One was published as the Titanic set sail.
A short story written by Thornton J Hains under the pseudonym of Mayn Clew Garnett was published in 1912 when the Titanic was setting sail. In this story the ship is called the Admiral, it hits an iceberg while travelling in the North Atlantic at 22.5 knots, the exact speed and location of the Titanic when it sank. The Admiral was 800 feet the Titanic 882 feet. As in the case of the Titanic, there were not enough Lifeboats to go around. The Chief Mate's Yarns: Twelve Tales Of The Sea (1912)
Another Fictional work The Ship's Run, written in 1908 by M. McDonnell Bodkin. The ship in this story is actually called the Titanic and is described in terms very similar to the actual Titanic, which was not yet built. The Fictional Titanic is called "the largest and fastest passenger boat afloat." Some have claimed that Bodkin may have read about the actual Titanic, as it was under construction when he spun his yarn, which would tend to discredit the sensationalist aspect of this tale.
William T Stead
One of the victims on board the Titanic was William T Stead, a onetime assistant editor for the Pall Mall Gazette, and founder of a periodical known as the Review of reviews.
In a novel published in 1892 he depicted the sinking of a ship by an iceberg in the North Atlantic. In Stead's story, the ship was the Majestic of the White Star Line, In reality the ship was the Titanic of the White Star line.
The Captain of the Titanic when it sank was Edward J. Smith. Smith had previously commanded the RMS Majestic of the White Star Line. Captain Smith took command of the Majestic three years after Steads article was published.
In an 1886 story for The Pall Mall Gazette, Mr. Stead also wrote about the sinking of an ocean liner with the loss of many lives because there were not enough lifeboats.
In a speech he delivered in 1909, he pictured himself as being shipwrecked and drowning in the sea, calling frantically for help.
William T Stead may have had clairvoyant abilities and was known to dabble in spiritualism and paranormal endeavors. For an enlightening and informative article on William Stead See - Remembering Titanic Victim William T. Stead 100 Years Later
Months after the Titanic sank, a tramp steamer was traveling through the foggy Atlantic with only a young boy on watch. It came into his head that it had been thereabouts that the Titanic had sunk, and he was suddenly terrified by the thought of the name of his ship - the Titanian. Panic-stricken, he sounded the warning. The ship stopped, just in time: a huge iceberg loomed out of the fog directly in their path. The Titanian was saved.
Two years after the Titanic sank, another British-flagged express liner, registered in Liverpool sank. After both ships sank , British Admiralty judge Lord Mersey presided over investigations into the causes of the disasters. At both inquiries Butler Aspinall, KC, appeared as counsel.
The Titanic's birthplace was Belfast, it's where she was built and the people of Belfast, particularly those who had labored on her construction felt a certain pride and community bragging rights to the biggest, fastest, modern state of the art Ocean Liner ever built. On April 14, 1912 at the moment that the Titanic struck the iceberg, all the lights in Belfast went out. They came back on at about 2:20 a.m., just as the last vestiges of her stern sank beneath the waves and sealed the fates of over 1500 of her passengers.
Wally the Fiddler
Meanwhile, back in Jolly Old England, a doctor was caring for a dying girl. The girl had slipped into a coma days before when she was suddenly jolted awake and opened her eyes widely exclaiming -
The young girl died that very same night. The doctor initially dismissed her bizarre last words as the incoherent rambling of a feverish and drugged child, until he heard of the Titanic sinking the next day. On board ship was the good Doctors close personal friend Wally a fiddle player - the bandmaster that played on as the ship was sinking 'Wally' Hartley. Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned, and Wally played his as the Titanic sank.
Violet Jessup began her career as a shipboard stewardess with the white star lines aboard the RMS Olympic. Three months into her service aboard the Olympic it collided with another ship, neither ship sank in this instance and both were repaired and put back in service.
Those who survived the 1912 Titanic disaster considered themselves very fortunate, many would never again venture out onto the Ocean. Violet Jessup was a stewardess aboard the Titanic and one of the survivors. She did venture out onto the seven seas again and again and survived again and again, one disaster after another.
Whilst she was asleep in her cabin, the Titanic hit the infamous iceberg. Violet found her way to the deck and began helping confused and befuddled passengers. She eventually secured her own position on a lifeboat and was entrusted with a baby as the boat was launched. The baby was later reunited with its mother.
In 1916 she found herself aboard the Brittanic when it struck a mine and sank rather quickly. She jumped overboard and by all logic should have been sucked into the ship's propellers, which were still running and sticking up out of the water where she landed. In her struggle to escape the propellers she smashed her head on the keel but was miraculously saved by lifeboat passengers who had witnessed her dilemma.