The tragic events of April 15th – 1912 has left a lasting historical aftermath of tragic fascination. The luxury liner, making headway on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, twenty minutes before midnight on April 14th – 1912. It sank two-and-a-half hours later, four-hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
While a pair of old shoes can’t tell you their story (and they all have at least one) the pair of shoes, pictured above, once worn by an unidentified child aboard Titanic, inspired a fictional one.
I invite you to view human artifacts the way I do – as stories without a voice.
Visitors leave toys on the grave of another unknown child in the Titanic Cemetery. I made a connection between the two children.
As always, I write from a fanciful point of view where the afterlife meets the present life. Where ‘crossing over’ means holding hands across time.
The baby shoes shown above are part of the permanent display housed in the ‘Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with one of Titanic’s deckchairs, they are a star attraction in the Titanic exhibit. Dare I call them a ‘White Star Line attraction.’
‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ – a novel by V. Knox will be published through CreateSpace as close to April 15th as possible.
*PLEASE TAKE NOTE: My novel ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ is about a fictional museum in Halifax with a fictional timeline, condensed to suit the plot, about fictional characters, and a fictional pair of shoes, albeit inspired by an exhibit in ‘The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’. https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/
‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ is ‘Magical Realism‘ written in a literary style. It would also fit the description ‘Historical Fantasy‘.