97 years ago today, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and the rest is history! For 97 year-old Millvina Dean, she, too, was in the midst of all the chaos that happened that fateful night. Millvina has no recollection of the events that took place for the simple reason, she was only 9 weeks old at the time.
She didn’t find out about what had taken place until she was 8 years old when her mother, Georgetta, finally revealed to her that her father, Bertram, had died in this tragic event.
The family was suppose to be starting a new life in America where her father had planned on opening a tobacco shop in Kansas. Her father had heard the crash in the night when the ship hit the iceberg and went up on deck to investigate. He returned and told his wife to wake the children and get them up on deck immediately. Millvina believes this is what saved her mother, her brother, Vere, and herself from perishing as so many of the women and children who were in third class did.
Throughout the years Millvina has traveled the world talking about the events to Titanic enthusiasts. The family returned to England and as Millvina says reflecting upon her life, “It altered my life entirely, of course. If it hadn’t been for the ship going down, I’d be an American leading an ordinary American life.”
Millvina now lives in a nursing home in Southhampton and is struggling to make ends meet. The cost of maintaining her room in the facility and the charges running about £3000 a month has forced her to sell off the remaining memorabilia from the Titanic.
Maya Muses: This Saturday, April 18, 2009 the last of Millvina’s connection to the Titanic will go on auction at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire and part of the memories from the final survivor will go along with it.
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