Titanic Survivors Stories included stories of heroism such as that of Edith Evans, 36, who was the last boat to leave Titanic, when she turned to Caroline Brown and said,
“You go first. You have children waiting at home.” The sacrifice cost Edith Evans her life, but as Mrs. Brown said later, “It was a heroic sacrifice, and as long as I live I shall hold her memory dear as my preserver, who preferred to die so that I might live.”
Although many were reluctant to speak here are some memories from Survivors of the Titanic Stories.
A second-class passenger with her parents, Eva lost her father in the tragedy. She went on to live a vibrant life, and spoke frequently about the sinking of Titanic and her approach to life. “People I meet always seem surprised that I do not hesitate to travel by train, car, airplane or ship when necessary.
It is almost as if they expect me to be permanently quivering in my shoes at the thought of a journey. If I acted like that I would have died of fright many years ago—life has to be lived irrespective of the possible dangers and tragedies lurking round the corner.”
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A second-class passenger who was 31 years old, later described her panicked search for her husband: “There was scarcely anyone who had not been separated from husband, child or friend.Was the last one among the handful saved? …
I had a husband to search for, a husband whom in the greatness of my faith, I had believed would be found in one of the boats. He was not there.”
Laura Mabel Francatelli, a 30-year old secretary from London, reflected later on the dramatic arrival of Carpathia: “Oh at daybreak, when we saw the lights of that ship, about 4 miles away, we rowed like mad, & passed icebergs like mountains, at last about 6:30 the dear Carpathia picked us up, our little boat was like a speck against that giant.
Then came my weakest moment, they lowered a rope swing, which was awkward to sit on, with my life preserver ’round me. Then they hauled me up, by the side of the boat. Can you imagine, swinging in the air over the sea, I just shut my eyes & clung tight saying ‘Am I safe,?’ at last I felt a strong arm pulling me onto the boat…. ”
Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean (2 February 1912 – 31 May 2009) was the last Titanic survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. At 2 months old, she was also the youngest passenger aboard.
The age of Millvina Dean the last Titanic survivor when she died was 97.
The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic ship, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton, England. Dean was barely two months old when she boarded the ship.
Her mother, and brother were placed in Lifeboat 13 and were among the first steerage passengers to escape the sinking oceanliner. Her father, however, did not survive, and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The 31 May 2009 the day the last Titanic survivor died.