Ondřej Vrkoč was born on 24th of June 1993 in Prague. He is a big fan and expert of RMS Titanic and the founder of the REVIVAL of the TITANIC company.
I´ve been a fan of the Titanic since I was 4 years old. I became one after I saw that legendary movie The Titanic by James Cameron for the first time. My parents had bought a VHS tape with this movie and when I watched it for the first time, I fell in love with it so much that I watched it about 200 times to leave a record of only audio.
I remember our holiday in Croatia when I was 6 years old. I was with my parents on the beach and wanted to draw a picture of the Titanic. There was no paper I could use for drawing but I kept bothering my parents about it. Fortunately, we saw a seller of donuts with a mobile stand. We bought some and took even the paper on which he had the donuts piled. Finally, I could draw my beloved Titanic. This famous picture of the Titanic has been hanging on the wall of our living room ever since then. "
When Ondřej was 12 years old, he had a great knowledge about the famous ship and its story, which he gradually gained from books, film documentaries and by connecting with leading experts on the Titanic. As a huge fan of the Titanic he did not want to leave all this information just for himself. When he was 15 years old, Ondřej gave speeches at schools for students and teachers, interviews for TV, newspapers and radio about it.
A bit later Ondřej came up with an idea for a project: to build a new Titanic. To implement this project would mean the big dream to come true not only for him but also for the millions of fans around the world. They could all have an opportunity to see the ship of the dreams on the waves and even sail on it.
When he was 17 years old he created a financial plan for the project and addressed the director of one of the largest shipyards in Central Europe, Ivan Samak, who supported his plan. A few months later, the REVIVAL of the TITANIC company was founded.
In 2011, one of the most respected shipyards in the world, STX-France from Saint-Nazaire supported the REVIVAL of the TITANIC.
Ondřej decided to quit the university after the first semester to be able to fully devote to his project, in which the experts, designers, ship designers and architects from Sweden, USA, Great Britain, France and the Czech Republic are involved.
In 2015 and 2016, Ondřej, as a historical consultant, participated in the successful Titanic World Exhibition with more than 200 original artifacts, which took place in Bratislava and Prague.
Currently (2016/2017) a TV documentary TITANIIC about Ondřej´s life with the Titanic is being prepared.