The Last Titanic Survivor Has Passed Away

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Millvina Dean, 97: The last Titanic survivor

Millvina Dean, who as a baby was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat in the frigid North Atlantic, died yesterday, having been the last survivor of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

She was 97 and she died where she had lived – in Southampton, the English port city her family had tried to leave behind when it took the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage, bound for America.

She died in her sleep early yesterday – the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship that was billed as "practically unsinkable."

"She was a remarkable, sparkling lady," said Charles Haas, of the Titanic International Society. "She knew her place in history and was always willing to share her story with others, especially children. She was the last living link to the story."

Dean was just two-months-old when the Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. The luxury ocean-liner, which didn't have enough lifeboats for all of its 2,200 passengers and crew, sank in less than three hours. Dean was one of 706 people – mostly women and children – who survived. Her father was among the 1,517 who died.

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