The question is asked following the catastrophic implosion of the carbon fibre hull of the OceanGate Titan submersible
The five adventurers on the OceanGate Titan submersible were supposed to have ticked off their bucket list, as they descended into the oceanic abyss to view the breathtaking wreckage of the RMS Titanic that sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, United States.
The RMS had over 2,000 passengers and was the largest ship afloat at that time. More than 1,500 people died when it sank beneath the ocean waves.
The five souls on board the Titan were killed instantly after the ship suffered an implosion as it descended the ocean depths where pressure can crush the strongest steel. Which bring us to the question was the Titanic cursed?
The mysterious Egyptian mummy of a priestess was said to be responsible for the loss of the Titanic in this folkloric story that could be classed as fake news in the 2020s circulated widely among the popular press like the Washington Post in the early 1920s
The priestess who served Amen-Ra more than 3,500 years ago was buried in a deep vault at Luxor. Her mummy case was later exhumed, perhaps by grave robbers, and sold in 1890 to a wealthy Englishman, who drew lots with four friends for the honor of purchasing it. After he sent the coffin to his hotel, he was seen walking out toward the desert and never returned.
The second man was accidentally shot and his arm had to be amputated. The third man arrived home to find that his entire life savings had disappeared in a bank crisis. The fourth man became severely ill. He lost his job and ended up selling matches on the street in order to survive.
When the coffin reached England, a London businessman purchased it. Soon three members of his family were injured in a road accident and his house was badly damaged by a fire.
He donated it to the British Museum. As the coffin was being unloaded at the museum, the truck suddenly went into reverse and trapped a bystander. As it was being taken up the stairs, one workman fell and broke his leg. The other two workmen died two days later for no particular reason. Both had been in excellent health previously.
When the mummy was placed in the Egyptian Room in the Egyptian Museum the night watchmen frequently complained that they heard sobbing and hammering coming from the coffin. Other exhibits were thrown around during the night. One watchman died while on duty. A visitor flicked a dust cloth at the coffin, and his child died soon afterwards.
The mummy caused so much trouble at the museum that they had it removed to the basement. Shortly, one of the movers became seriously ill and the supervisor who had ordered the move was found dead on his desk. The newspapers heard about the mummy and came to take pictures of it. When the pictures were developed, one was so horrible that the photographer shot himself.
The museum sold the mummy to a private collector. It brought many deaths and continual misfortune to his family. Finally he put it up in the attic to get rid of it.
A well-known occultist, Madame Helena Blavatsky, visited the home. As soon as she came in, she began shivering uncontrollably and said there was an evil someplace in the house of incredible intensity.
Finding the coffin, the owner asked her to exorcise the spirit, but she could not. She said “Evil remains evil forever,” and urged him to get rid of the thing.
However, so many people had died and met such calamity from exposure to the thing that no British museum anywhere would take the thing. Finally an American archaeologist bought it and arranged to send it to New York. In 1912 he escorted his new possession aboard an ocean liner bound for New York. On April 14, in the midst of unparalleled scenes of horror, the priestess of Amen-Ra took 1,500 passengers to their deaths in the icy waters of the Atlantic along with the Titanic.
However the British Museum has dismissed this conspiracy theory saying on its website that the unlucky mummy of the priestess had never left the Museum until it went to a temporary exhibition in 1990.
Akowe writes from Lagos