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Millvina Dean, Last Titanic Survivor Dies At Age of 97

May 31, 2009

Another front row view of history is now gone.

Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on its maiden voyage from Southampton.

The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in the north Atlantic, largely due to a lack of lifeboats.

Miss Dean, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, died on Sunday at the care home in Hampshire where she lived, two of her friends told the BBC.

Her family had been travelling to America, where they hoped to start a new life and open a tobacconist’s shop in Kansas. They travelled third class.

Miss Dean’s mother, Georgetta, and two-year-old brother, Bert, also survived, but her father, Bertram, was among those who perished when the vessel sank.

The family returned to Southampton, where Miss Dean went on to spend most of her life.

Despite having no memories of the disaster, she always said it had shaped her life, because she should have grown up in the US instead of returning to the UK.

She was fond of saying: “If it hadn’t been for the ship going down, I’d be an American.”

In 1985 the site of the wreck was discovered and, in her 70s, she found herself unexpectedly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I think sometimes they look on me as if I am the Titanic!” she said after a visit to a Titanic convention in America. “Honestly, some of them are quite weird about it.”

3 Comments
  1. V.E.G. permalink
    February 1, 2012 1:43 PM

    By the way, the very last slave lived to be 130 years of age, Sylvester Magee.

    Millvina Dean is the Chuck Klesath (a pharmacist with no immediate family) of the Titanic.

  2. Bruce permalink
    September 5, 2010 3:28 PM

    Yes, I am also fascinated by this kind of stuff. Not only about the history of the Titanic, but “last survivor” data in general. A few examples:

    The last veteran of the Revolutionary War died in 1866.

    The last Civil War veteran died in 1956.

    Amazingly, there are 3 remaining veterans of World War One, all 109 years of age!

    Of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War Two, 2 million are still alive.

  3. Kunal bajaj permalink
    January 10, 2010 4:41 AM

    I m really fond of to revive the titanic history! Coz im very curious abt tht:-):-)

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