Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Last One Left From April 15, 1912

“They built the ship Titanic, To sail the ocean blue. They thought they built a ship, That the water can’t go through. But Lord Almighty Hands, Said the ship will never land. It was sad when the big ship went down.”

Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean, now 96, was only two months old when the big ship went down, so she remembers none of it --- and never knew she was on the Titanic until she was eight.

She found the 1958 film, “A Night to Remember,” so upsetting she never watched any others about the sinking. She did take part in an A&E documentary about the ship, along with a few other survivors.

Now, she is the last one.

Some 2,200 people were on the great ship; maybe 750 survived the sinking. The last American, Lillian Asplund, died two years ago at 99.

Millvina is our last link to the disaster, the only memory (so to speak), the sole living person who once occupied a cabin.

One of these days she will be gone and at that point the Titanic will be history. Right now, it is still, in some way, a current event.


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