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Aboard the Titanic

Joe Holley

Millvina Dean, the last living survivor of the Titanic tragedy, was too young to remember what happened that April night in 1912 -- she was only 9-weeks-old when the ship went down. Still, she's been a font of information in recent years about what is arguably the most famous sunken ship in history. Her mother, who died in 1975 at age 95, shared with her all the details of that fateful night.

Moments before the "unsinkable" vessel slipped under the freezing waters of the Atlantic, the infant Millvina was wrapped in a mail bag and loaded on to a lifeboat along with her mother. "It was a very cold night when the Titanic sank, and I suppose in the rush I was bundled into whatever was most handy," she recalled earlier this year.

Her 2-year-old brother, Bert, and her father were missing as the ship went down. Another passenger rescued the brother; he was reunited with his mother and infant sister about the Carpathia, a ship that picked up the Titanic's 705 survivors. Malvina's father went down with the ship.

Earlier this year, Millvina Dean auctioned off some of her Titanic memorabilia to help pay the rent at her nursing home in Southampton, England. A mail bag that may have been the one from the Titanic fetched 3,000 pounds.

By Joe Holley  |  May 31, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
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