1 Jun 2009

Last survivor of Titanic dies at 97

4:04 pm on 1 June 2009

The last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic has died aged 97. Millvina Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on her maiden voyage from Southampton.

The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1517 people in the north Atlantic, largely due to a lack of lifeboats.

Miss Dean, who remembered nothing of the journey, died on Sunday at the care home in Hampshire where she lived.

Her father, Bertram, perished when the vessel sank. Her sister and mother also survived and they returned to Southampton, where Miss Dean spent most of her life.

The BBC reports she recently began selling some Titanic-related mementoes to raise funds for her rest home expenses.

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

Elizabeth Gladys Dean, better known as Millvina, was the Titanic's youngest passenger, born on 2 February 1912.

Another baby on board, Barbara Joyce West, was nearly 11 months old when the liner sank. She also survived.

Barbara Joyce Dainton, as she became when she married, died in October 2007, leaving Miss Dean as the last Titanic survivor.