“Hard-a-Second Thought”

With a crippled bow but only partially flooded, the ship limped to Halifax.

First Officer William Murdoch inexplicably changed his mind. 

“Full astern,” he ordered. “Maintain course.”

R.M.S. Titanic rammed an immense chunk of ice in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With a crippled bow but only partially flooded, the ship limped to Halifax. Interestingly, not a single fatality was reported.

Disgruntled passengers bemoaned their tardy arrival to New York City.

Titanic remained in dry dock for several months but returned to civilian service before the Great War.

Nearly scrapped during the Great Depression, Titanic survived a series of owners before a final docking in Atlantic City as a hotel and casino.

Titanic Hotel and Casino – coming soon to Atlantic City!

Author: joshuajscully

That’s my picture up there. I’m not totally sure why I look so angry. I may be thinking about how much I hated the Crypt Keeper as a child. I grew up faithfully watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. Unfortunately, I missed the boat in terms of writing for either of those programs. I do consider both to have been wildly influential when I think back to my earliest thoughts about becoming an author and I’m grateful my parents let me watch those shows as a kid (although there were probably some nights early in my childhood my mother wished she hadn’t let me watch those shows). If you’re familiar with either program, then you know what genres are my focus. I thoroughly enjoy science fiction, suspense, the twist ending, and some horror or supernatural elements as well. Honestly, when I was a kid the Crypt Keeper scared the hell out of me. As an adult, I’ve really learned to embrace the puns. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine as well, and the root of that is shared with my profession. I am an educator by trade, and I teach American History. I consider some of the best writing I’ve ever done to be within the realm of historical fiction and I really enjoy saturating my mind in the research end of those projects. I would make the argument that storytelling is in my blood. Even my sister mulled, very briefly (about 45 minutes), launching a career as a screenwriter! My last name is one of those Irish (and, apparently, formally Manx) ones with a wonderfully researched history -“the story-teller’s descendant”. On of the first day of school each year, I do share that “my name is Mr. Scully, and that rhymes with Kelly”, just so I do not hear the myriad of mispronunciations on the first day. Several years ago, I started a blog similar to this one to highlight my middle years as a teacher. If that aspect of my life is of any interest to you at all, you can still find that blog online. During my summers, I really have time to pursue my writing projects and this blog will highlight some of that work. My first attempts to sit down and write extensively occurred when I was 15, but only a few years ago did I make setting time aside to write a priority. I’ve also benefited wildly over the years from many willing readers among my family and friends. The direction and feedback from those individuals has been invaluable. Outside the world of the written word, I am an educator, basketball coach, lecturer, and (very, very occasionally) a landscaper. I have only ever known Western Pennsylvania as my home. Although I love a good novel, I am absolutely unable to resist the power of the short story. The latter is really what I hope to be remembered for one day.

4 thoughts on ““Hard-a-Second Thought””

  1. That would be cool! It reminds of of The Queen Mary. a famous ship we have here in the Long beach harbor. its a hotel and legit haunted…No really Dx Pretty creepy stuff but I love it all the same ❤

    Great alternate history! something about the Titanic really fascinates me. I can't imagine having been on it that fateful night…

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    1. I was always fascinated by the story, too. Just so much irony. I do think it’s great when an old ship can be saved and the hotel route seems at least possible. You hate to see all that history just get scrapped.

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