She was only nine weeks old, the youngest passenger on board when her family set off for a new life in America. Instead Millvina Dean’s destiny was to be involved in the most famous shipwreck of all time, and return home with her mother and sister. Her father did not make it, but now Millvina, the last survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died, ending a chapter of maritime history.
She remembered nothing of the fateful journey in third class which claimed over 1,500 lives. Her family never opened their dreamed-of tobacconist’s shop in Kansas, but in her 70s after the discovery of the wreck she was much in demand as a guest speaker.
However in her later life she struggled to pay her care home bills, and resorted to selling some of her Titanic-related momentoes.