The sinking of the Titanic, the dream ship and luxury symbol of modern engineering from early twentieth century is considered to be one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time. As a result of a collision with an iceberg, the unit’s sinking killed more than 1,500 people.
Titanic was hailed as the greatest ship of its time and was the pride of the English shipping company, the White Star Line. Many people called it unsinkable but life quickly verified these counts because the ship sank during its virgin voyage from Southampton to New York on the night of 14th April, 1912. Its clash with an iceberg was survived by only 700 out of 2,200 people who boarded it.
Among the passengers of the Titanic’s maiden voyage was Elizabeth Gladys Dean, later known as Millvina Dean, who traveled with her parents and older brother to America because her father planned to open a tobacco shop in Kansas. The Englishwoman was the youngest on the trip, only two months and 13 days at the night of collision, and the longest-living person who managed to survive the tragedy in the North Atlantic.
Growing up without a father was difficult for the little Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and her family were traveling in the third class, of which only ¼ passengers surviver. Her father died and his body was never found while she, her mother and brother made it to America. The lack of the head of the family made it hard for them to settle and they went back to their hometown of Southampton. Thanks to the support of charitable organizations, the widow and children managed to survive their most difficult time.
The woman left the sinking ship in lifeboat No. 10 about 100 minutes after the collision.
What did she want to tell the world in her last words? You will learn it on the other page of the article.