Imagine getting full custody of your two young boys and then waking up to realize one day they are missing. Then imagine finding out weeks later they were living with some woman in New York because their father, after kidnapping them, fled the country with the boys on the ill-fated Titanic that sank in the early morning hours in the middle of the Atlantic.
Seems like something out of a story that only an author could make up?
Well, it’s not.
Meet Edmond and Michel Navratil–the Titanic Orphans.
Unable to speak English, and having only known their own nicknames, the boys were left orphaned, unknown to anyone and everyone, after the Titanic sank from under them. It was presumed their father and mother didn’t survive the sinking.
Or so that’s what officials thought. Come to find out they were only half right.
A month of newspaper articles and pictures finally revealed the truth when their mother saw the newspapers and learned they were in America and their father sank with the ship.
Can you imagine?
After finding out this story, I knew I had to add them into my own story, Lost on the Atlantic. They make a brief cameo and helped me with one difficult part of my storyline. Of course, the real boys have long since passed, but their story lives on.