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Last Titanic survivor dies at 97
BBC News ^ | 05/31/09

Posted on 05/31/2009 12:57:25 PM PDT by Borges

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 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: elderly; millvinadean; obituary; survivors; titanic

1 posted on 05/31/2009 12:57:25 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
wow. I guess it was good that she couldn't remember.
2 posted on 05/31/2009 12:58:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Liz Cheney 2012)
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To: Borges

Godspeed, Millvina.


3 posted on 05/31/2009 12:59:54 PM PDT by john in springfield
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To: Borges

no survivors now.


4 posted on 05/31/2009 1:01:37 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the machines are breaking.)
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To: Borges

Cue Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On...”


5 posted on 05/31/2009 1:02:32 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Borges

Wow, I cannot imagine going thru that disaster with a 9 week old and a 2 week old. Her mother was one tough woman!


6 posted on 05/31/2009 1:03:50 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Borges
RIP

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
7 posted on 05/31/2009 1:04:10 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Borges

Yes, not even lifeboats.

But many of the lifeboats left only partially loaded.
Also, lifeboats filled to capacity still have a lot of freeboard, the distance from the gunwale (top of the boat) to the waterline.

Hundreds more people could have been saved. Quick thinking on the ship’s officers might have save almost everyone by say lashing huge tables together and making make shift boats.

From what I recall, the ship’s crew did not hold a fire and boat drill upon departure or at any time during the voyage. The only time they did an abandon ship drill was for real-it was no drill.


8 posted on 05/31/2009 1:05:23 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Borges

Wow. What a story.

2 days older than my Dad too.

RIP Millvina


9 posted on 05/31/2009 1:05:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Borges

RIP.


10 posted on 05/31/2009 1:07:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: brytlea

Millvina Dean in her mother's arms a few weeks after the disaster
11 posted on 05/31/2009 1:14:28 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Miss Dean, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, (at the age of 9 weeks)...

My, where would we be if the MSM wasn't around to educate us?

12 posted on 05/31/2009 1:19:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81
My, where would we be if the MSM wasn't around to educate us?

Heh. Probably in a powerful & wealthy industrial nation that was proud of its stunning achievements and Western historical values.

Good catch.

13 posted on 05/31/2009 1:27:52 PM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Borges

Thanks for the pic!


14 posted on 05/31/2009 1:41:18 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Celine Dion: the Canadian Barbra Streisand. There’s no song she can’t torture into submission.


15 posted on 05/31/2009 1:45:10 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: john in springfield

Reunited with her family now forever.


16 posted on 05/31/2009 1:58:45 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Borges

bookmark


17 posted on 05/31/2009 1:58:53 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands ("Failed Obama Administration" (TM))
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To: brytlea
Wow, I cannot imagine going thru that disaster with a 9 week old and a 2 week old. Her mother was one tough woman!

Uh, read it again, brytlea. I think that goes beyond tough towards impossible!

18 posted on 05/31/2009 2:09:01 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: snarks_when_bored

Oops...typo, I mean two year old! Sheesh, I seriously need a proofreader!


19 posted on 05/31/2009 2:21:03 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Celine Dion: “You let those people touch those things!”


20 posted on 05/31/2009 2:21:39 PM PDT by gigster
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To: Borges

Didn’t Nostrodamus predict that when the last survivor of the Titanic died, the world would be close to the end?


21 posted on 05/31/2009 2:39:01 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Didn’t Nostrodamus predict that when the last survivor of the Titanic died, the world would be close to the end?

Maybe he was referring to the cast and crew of the movie.

22 posted on 05/31/2009 2:47:07 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Borges
RIP...

A UK Blue Ensign, as flown by the Royal Mail Steamer "Titanic".

23 posted on 05/31/2009 2:54:52 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Borges

Looked this up on here only because a lady I know was complaining that Kate Winslet, Leo DiCaprio, and James Cameron were cheapskates because they ONLY donated $30 k total for her bills.


24 posted on 05/31/2009 6:47:00 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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It was nice they donated to help her. May she Rest in Peace.


25 posted on 05/31/2009 11:10:19 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Prince Arugula and Lady Armpit, AKA BO & MO are driving me batty!)
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To: PghBaldy

That was the argument I had with this person. They didn’t have to donate anything. $10,000 a piece seemed very nice to me. She said they donate more to get their hair done and it was their “cause”. Some people are ridiculous in their expectations of what other people.


26 posted on 06/01/2009 8:45:11 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: GreenLanternCorps
Off topic Question: does the Blue Ensign signify the ship's Captain is a Royal Navy Reserve officer?
Thanks
27 posted on 06/01/2009 8:56:12 AM PDT by investigateworld ( Abortion stops a beating heart.)
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To: investigateworld

It indicates a British government owned vessel (either defaced with the badge of the agency or not), or a vessel with a certain number of Royal Naval Reserve officers in the crew. That is why RMS “Titanic” was entitled to wear it.


28 posted on 06/01/2009 3:25:28 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Thanks


29 posted on 06/01/2009 5:02:48 PM PDT by investigateworld ( Abortion stops a beating heart.)
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