A father's desperate act nearly kills his boys For Louis Hoffman, the only Titanic victim found carrying a loaded revolver in his pocket, was not who he claimed to be.
The unrelenting media spotlight on all things Titanic, and espe the mystery of the two adorable, curly haired Titanic orphans, would soon reveal ray ban glasses 2016 the truth. But it would take a frantic mother an ocean away to reveal the extent of his deceit, one that began with a marriage breakup, a bitter custody battle and a parent desperate plot to dis to America. And could have ended so much worse than it did. In 1912, Michel Navratil, a tailor in Nice, was distraught over his failed marriage to an Italian beauty named Marcelle Caretto. When the couple split up, three year old Michel, called and two year old Ed called went to live with their mother. On Easter weekend, Navratil took the boys for a visit and never returned them. Using a friend name of Hoffman, he stole away to England, and book second class passage for him and the boys on Titanic. he in fact did was kid them," said David Flem a heritage consultant and researcher who ray ban dealers met the ray ban 3386 younger Michel in 1996. Accounts have retold how Hoffman kept mostly to himself on that voyage, but with Titanic in peril, Navratil made his way to a lifeboat, dropping his boys into the care of strangers. According to the website Ency Titanica, Michel later said he remembered his father telling him: child, when your mother comes for you, as she surely will, tell her that I loved her dearly and still do. Tell her I expected her to follow us, so that we might all live happily together in the peace and free of the New World." But it seems Navratil took no steps to make a mother sons reunion likely. No one among the survivors knew the children names and the children, who spoke only French, said little. When the little boys arrived in New York, they went to live with Margaret Hays, who had also been on board Titanic. The only children rescued without a par or guardian were an instant media sensation. Back in Nice, Marcelle had no idea her family was on Titanic, until she recognized her babies from the photographs that were appearing in newspapers around the world. A month after the Titanic went down, she arrived in New York on SS Oceanic to claim her boys. Navratil body was never removed from that cemetery. His real name was inscribed on the grave marker. Eighty four years later, Michel Navratil came to see his father grave. At that time, The Chron Herald reported that Navratil clasped his hands in prayer as a Roman Catholic priest blessed the site. Flemming, a former director of the Maritime Museum ray ban 3342 of the Atlantic, said he spoke to Nav moments later. asked him afterwards, must have been very moving to you? I was speaking French and I asked him how he felt about it." He said Navratil told him he remembered his father singing them a lullaby. he said he could hear the angels singing this song as he touched his father grave." Grave markers at Fairview Lawn Cemetery are stark reminders of scope of the disaster. Staff Reporter Kelly Shiers looks at the lives of four of the 150 victims buried in Halifax. And nothing on Fred Clarke simple marker at Mount Olivet Cemetery indicates the important role he played as Titanic sank. But Clarke and his seven bandmates have been lauded as heroes; their final hours the stuff legends are made of. Survivors recalled how eight musicians gathered on deck, playing uplifting music as the last of the lifeboats made their escape, even as they must have known their own fate. John Frederick Preston Clarke, 34, was a well known bass violinist in his hometown and Titanic homeport of Liverpool, reportedly wooed by the promise of good money. It was his only time across the ocean. Only three of their bodies were recovered: bandmaster Wallace Hartley body was returned to England for burial. The bodies of Clarke and violinist John Law Hume, 21 were buried in Halifax, in separate cemeteries. Clarke wasn married.
The month after his death, his friends and fellow musicians held a benefit concert for his widowed mother and sisters at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. J. Dawson was mourned in death by his English sweet Nellie Priest a century ago and countless teen since.
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