Tuesday, April 10, 2012


It is true, a Non-Custodial Dad abducts his children and takes them on the RMS Titanic. The boys' parents had separated in early 1912 and their Mother Ms. Marcelle Navratil was awarded full custody of Michel his brother Edmond. However, she allowed her sons to stay with their Dad (Mr. Michel Navratil), over the Easter weekend and that is when he decided to abduct the boys and immigrate with them to the United States...

Michel his brother Edmond and their Dad Mr. Michel Navratil boarded RMS Titanic at Southampton, England on April 10th, 1912 the day the ship sailed, as second-class passengers. For the journey, Mr. Michel Navratil assumed the alias 'Mr. Louis M. Hoffman', and the boys were booked as 'Loto' and 'Louis'. On board the ship, Mr. Navratil aka Mr. Hoffman led passengers to believe that he was a widower. He let his sons out of his sight only once, when he allowed a French-speaking woman, Ms. Bertha Lehmann, to watch them for a few hours while he played cards.

The RMS Titanic on 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, hit an iceberg at 11:40 PM and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 - 2:20 AM on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The sinking of RMS Titanic caused the deaths of 1,519 people of which only 705 people and 2 dogs survived in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage operated by the White Star Line and she was built between the years 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast Ireland. She carried a total of 2,224 men, women, children (estimates of passengers and crew vary) and also animals, then sank this week 100 years ago.

After RMS Titanic’s collision with an iceberg, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, Mr. Navratil placed Michel and his brother Edmond in Collapsible D, the last lifeboat successfully launched from the ship. Mr. Navratil died during the sinking, and his body was recovered by a rescue ship, the Canadian Ship; CS Mackay-Bennett. Several ships were sent to the disaster site to recover bodies from April 22nd to May 15th. A total of 328 bodies were found floating in the area. In Mr. Navratil’s pocket was found a revolver and after recovery he was buried in Nova Scotia Canada.

The boys became known as 'Louis and Lola' who were the only children to be rescued from the RMS Titanic without a parent or guardian.
While in Collapsible D, Michel and his brother Edmond were fed biscuits by first-class passenger Mr. Hugh Woolner. When the rescue ship RMS Carpathia arrived at the scene, Michel and his brother Edmond were both hoisted to its deck in separate burlap sacks. Since the two children were toddlers and spoke no English, they could not identify themselves and were soon referred to as the Titanic Orphans. A bilingual English/French speaking first-class passenger Ms. Margaret Hays, cared for the boys at her home until their mother could be located, which occurred as a result of newspaper articles including their pictures back in France: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2535973345/ or see RMS Titanic survivors photos: http://www.retronaut.co/2012/02/titanic-survivors-1912/
Ms. Marcelle Navratil sailed to New York City, New York and was reunited with her sons on May 16, 1912. She took her children, Michel and his brother Edmond back home to France aboard the RMS Oceanic.

For More Info: http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sugexp=frgbld&gs_nf=1&cp=29&gs_id=7&xhr=t&q=Mr.+Navratil+aka+Mr.+Hoffman&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=Mr.+Navratil+aka+Mr.+Hoffman+&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=644fa16af44f6589&biw=1260&bih=812


To view what the RMS Titanic looks like today see “Last Mysteries of the RMS Titanic” (2005) Discovery Channel = Extended Edition on this link:

"Nearer, my God, to Thee" is traditionally associated with the RMS Titanic, as passengers reported that the ship's band played the hymn as the Titanic sank. It is usually performed to the 1856 tune "Bethany" by American composer Lowell Mason, which was also used in the 1997 film "Titanic" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uc01ASDJT8

From, Sir Richard (aka Richard Abbenbroek)
Team H.O.P.E. USA/CANADA Volunteer
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Volunteer
Child Find Alberta Volunteer (inactive)
Missing Kids. CA (also supports)

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