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Last Titanic Survivor Dies, Aged 97

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    Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died at the age of 97.
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    Millvina Dean, the last survivor
    of the 1912 Titanic disaster,
    has died, aged 97


    Miss Dean was just nine weeks old when the historic liner sank in 1912.
    She died in the early hours of Saturday morning after being cared for at a Southampton nursing home.

    Elizabeth Gladys Dean, known to friends as Millvina, was born on February 2, 1912 and boarded the doomed ship with her parents Bertram Frank and Georgette Eva and her elder brother Bertram.

    Members of the family, all third class passengers, were emigrating to Wichita, Kansas, where her father had hoped to open a tobacconist shop.
    When the accident happened, her father felt the ship shudder and quickly told his family to get on deck.

    Miss Dean, her mother and brother were among the first steerage passengers to escape the sinking liner, but Mr Dean was unable to get onto a lifeboat and perished in the disaster.

    They returned to England aboard the Adriatic where "Millvina became quite a spectacle: that such a tiny baby could have came through the ordeal alive," according to Encyclopedia-Titanica.

    Miss Dean's family returned to Southampton and she did not find out that she had been on board the vessel until she was eight and her mother was planning to remarry.
     
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