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Last Titanic Survivor Dies in UK

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The Times of India: Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the 1912 sinking of the "Titanic" has died. She was 97.

Dean, who was a spinster, died in a nursing home in Hampshire on Sunday.

She 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, UK.

The disaster killed 1,517 people in the north Atlantic while 706 others, including Dean, survived.

Describing Dean as an "effervescent person with a wonderful sense of humour," International Titanic Society President Charles Haas said she was a truly remarkable woman.

"It is truly the end of an era," Haas said. Elizabeth Gladys Dean, better known as Millvina, was the Titanic's youngest passenger, born on 2 February 1912.

Dean, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, died at the care home in Hampshire where she lived, the BBC reported.

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

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 she Dean went on to spend most of her life.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
chrissy June 1, 2009, 11:31 PM

Aw how sad. Goodnight, Ma’am.

Rachelle June 2, 2009, 12:42 AM

Rest well.

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