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    Coincidence ?

    by sourbugger Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Cobh in many people's minds is most strongly associated with the departure of the 'Titanic' ship in 1912.

    I thought that I knew a good deal about the subject, but I was intrigued to find out about the novel 'Titan' written in 1898 when I was in the Titanic bar.

    The novel seems to be remarkably close to the real facts about the Titanic, although it was a work of fiction written some 14 years previous.

    Some people see this as a case of 'parapsyschology' (Yes, I know my spellchecker is on the blink). I'm not so sure.

    Here are some of the salient facts for you :

    number of persons aboard: titan - 3,000, titanic - 2,207

    number of lifeboats: titan - 24, titanic - 20

    speed at impact with iceberg: titan - 25 knots, titanic - 23 knots

    displacement tonnage of the liner: titan - 75,000, titanic - 66,000

    length of the liner - titan - 800 ft., titanic - 882.5 ft.

    number of propellers - titan - 3, titanic - 3

    There appears to be similarities in the following areas : the name of the ship; myth of unsinkability; collision with iceberg; sinking in month of april; displacement tonnage; lengthy of ship; speed of ship at impact; number of propellers; number of life boats; enormous loss of life.

    Make of that what you will.

    I can see America from here ! why the fuss ?

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    Place of Colourful Houses

    by GreenGaze Updated May 6, 2011

    Favorite thing: If I was to bring you to Cobh and there would be only one place I was aloud to show you, it would be West View Street. It's amazing...

    Fondest memory: View out to the Celtic Sea is lovely

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