TITANIC PASSENGER’S EERIE PREMONITIONS

Did you know…In the aftermath of the sinking, there were several mysterious accounts from passengers who claimed they had premonitions and “evil forebodings” prior to boarding Titanic. Some passengers said they had unusual dreams about the unfortunate disaster, including visions of people drowning.  Many shared these forewarnings with their companions while others sent letters and telegrams to their friends and relatives, prior to the sinking, relaying their ominous premonitions. The unexplained premonitions unfortunately became a twist-of-fate for many who traveled on board Titanic. Here are a few mystifying accounts and claims that were discovered after the tragic sinking:

  • Survivor Anne Ward, maid of the Cardeza family, had a premonition that something was going to happen to the ship during the maiden voyage. It is reported Miss Ward told her mother “she did not want to make another voyage across the ocean.” It is believed she could not explain what caused her fear of another voyage prior to boarding.
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  • Major Archibald Willingham Butt was traveling as a first-class passenger on Titanic. He had a premonition that he would not return home from his trip to Europe. It is believed he contacted his lawyer to arrange his last will and testament and closed up his affairs preparing for death. Major Butt perished in the sinking.
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  • Passenger Mr. William Thomas Stead was a well known British Journalist during the late 1890’s early 1900’s.  Prior to boarding Titanic, Stead wrote a piece for the Review of Reviews publication titled “From The Old World To The New.”   In this fictional piece, Stead described  a passenger on the White Star Line’s Majestic ship who encounters two ghostly survivors from the wreck of the Ann and Jane, a ship that sank after striking an iceberg.
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  • Chief Officer Henry Tingle Wilde wrote in a letter to his sister from the Ship: “I still don’t like this Ship. I have a queer feeling about it.” Chief Wilde did not survive the sinking.
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  • Survivor Eva Hart, who was seven years old at the time of the sinking, later claimed that her mother sat up every night rather than go to sleep on Titanic because she was afraid there would be an accident.