October 26, 2009
At 2 months old, Millvina Dean was the youngest person on the Titanic when it met its ghastly demise on April 14, 1912. almost 100 years ago. The last of the remaining Titanic survivors, her ashes were recently scattered at the location of where the vessel embarked on its maiden voyage in Southhampton, England. Dean’s parents were originally on a voyage to emigrate to Wichita, Kansas when the vessel struck an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic. The 2 month old Millvina and her parents were transferred to the Titanic due to a coal strike which delayed their original ship. Miss Dean, her mother, and her brother were placed on lifeboat 10 after the collision and they were among one of the first passengers to escape. Her father did not survive.
Miss Dean died at her nursing home in Ashurst, in the New Forest, on May 31 — 98 years to the day that Titanic was launched in Belfast. About 150 people, including representatives from Titanic societies around the world, attended the service. Her death came a month after Titanic movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet offered to pay her nursing home fees. Almost 100 years after the Titanic disaster, the living legacy of those who survived the wreck has ended. Although pieces of history illustrating the tragedy remain, the last living legend of one of the largest maritime disasters of all time has been laid to rest in the Atlantic.