Ah..yet another strange coincidence to point out to our Chicago strange history fans out there. Late tonight into the wee hours of Tuesday the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth creating not a disappearing moon but rather a darker colored moon with deep red hues which has earned it the nickname “Blood Moon” The official time of the total lunar eclipse will be from from 00:53 hours EDT (0453 GMT) to about 0600 hours EDT (1000 GMT). Unfortunately most of us who are east of the Mississippi will miss most if not all of it because of cloudy skies but it should be visible to the remainder of North America! (figures)
The odd coincidence is that the “Blood Moon” will be making its appearance very close to the time of the Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The R.M.S. Titanic struck the now infamous iceberg at 2340 hours (ship time) on April 14th, 1912 and sank two hours later at 0220 hours on April 15th or 0518 hours GMT.
Of the ship’s 2,223 passengers, 706 passengers survived and 1,517 were lost. I had published two stories a while ago on some Chicago linked individuals who perished on the Titanic including an article on Frank Millet who was the Director of Decoration for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and an article on William T. Stead who wrote the book, “If Christ Came to Chicago”.
Tonight’s coincidence is a little weird but probably one of the weirdest coincidences I had ever heard of regarding the Titanic was the book “Futility” which was written by Morgan Robertson. In his book he writes of a fictional ship called “Titan”. It was the largest passenger ship in the world and was 800 feet long and displaced 75,000 tons of water. The Titanic was 882 feet long and displaced 63,000 tons of water. Both the Titanic and Titan had passenger capacities of 3,000. Both ships were sailing in the North Atlantic in the month of April and both struck icebergs on their starboard sides 100 miles from Newfoundland. The astounding thing is that Robertson wrote his book in 1898 nearly 14 years before the actual Titanic disaster!
Tomorrow, in honor of the official sinking date of the Titanic, I will be publishing articles on two Chicago survivor stories from the Titanic including Ida Hippach and her teenage daughter Jean whose family had some of the worst luck ever (depending on how you look at things) as well as Annie Kate Kelly and my chance meeting with her great-grand niece.
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