Titanic Fortune

J. P. Morgan, whose trust (called the International Mercantile Marine) built the Titanic, attended the ship's christening in Belfast in 1911. His personal suite was on B deck, with a private promenade and such amenities as cigar holders in the bathroom. Morgan was scheduled for that fateful maiden voyage in April 1912, but as luck would have it, he had to cancel.

[By the mid-1890s, Morgan's reputation was such that crowds would separate to let him pass when he walked down the street. The Titanic's sinking, however, weighed heavily on his conscience and may have contributed to his death.]

[In 1898, Morgan Robertson published a novel (Futility) about an "unsinkable" luxury liner that is lost after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The ship's name? The Titan.]

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