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Millvina Dean - The Last Titanic Survivor

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Millvina Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean was born on February 2, 1912, and her brother, Master Bertram Bert Vere Dean, was born on May 21, 1910. They were the children of Bertram Frank Dean and Eva Georgette Light from Southampton, England. In 1912, their parents made the decision to immigrate to Wichita, Kansas to open a tobacconist shop. The family boarded Titanic as third-class passengers.

On that frightful and freezing night in 1912, Millvina was just nine weeks old when she saw the last of her father on the deck of Titanic.

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, the family scrambled to jump into a lifeboat. Bertram Dean cried to his wife and children, “I’ll follow in another lifeboat.” Unfortunately, the family’s dream of starting a new life in America was never made into a reality. While Millvina, her brother Bertram and her mother Eva escaped into a lifeboat, her father never made it, and his body was never found.

Upon docking in New York, the family stayed in a hospital before returning to England aboard Adriatic.

She passed away on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97 as the only remainingTitanic survivor. She didn’t recollect the sinking.

Millvina once said in an interview referencing a Titanic Exhibition at London’s Science Museum, “I think it is fantastic and very, very interesting. Children still ask me all the time about the Titanic. I think it has become a piece of history, particularly because people said it was unsinkable and it was so luxurious. It is still a romantic enigma after all these years, but I still love the sea.”