Titanic Survivor Stories

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Just over 700 people survived from the Titanic. The ship was designed to take over two thousand three hundred titanic passengers and nearly nine hundred crew. The lifeboats could have taken over a thousand, but many left without filling all the places available.  The most senior crew member to survive the Titanic was second officer, Charles Lightoller.  His testimonies to the enquiries into Titanic’s sinking provided the most accurate record of the ship’s last hours.

Women and Children First- Titanic Survivors by Class

The custom of the day was for men to stand back and let women and children board the lifeboats first.  Many first class gentlemen resigned themselves to their fate.  If we break down the Titanic survivors in order of class, 60% of first class passengers survived, a total of around 200. In second class, 120 people were saved which amounts to 42% of all second class passengers.  In steerage there were 174 survivors which is equivalent to a quarter of all those on board and within the crew, 214 were rescued, amounting to 24% of the total number.

Milvina Dean- The Last Titanic Survivor

The last survivor of Titanic was a lady called Milvina Dean.  Milvina was just nine weeks old when she was rescued from Titanic and was 97 when she died.  Coincidentally she died on the 98th anniversary of Titanic’s launch.  The last Titanic survivor was travelling to America with her mother, father and brother.  They were emigrating to Kansas City where her father was going to run a tobacconist’s shop.  Milvina’s father, Bertram who was just 25 years old, was lost in Titanic’s sinking. He had felt the impact of the iceberg and had told his wife to go up on deck with the children. After being brought to New York on Carpathia, the remaining Dean family returned to England.  Her mother did not talk about the Titanic disaster until Milvina was 8 years old. Milvina lived in and around Southampton for most of her life and in her later years, she spent much of her time answering letters from Titanic fans around the world, signing autographs and receiving visitors.
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my great grandma Mrs Mary McGrath ,always told stories about the titanic and her escape . By the time i heard them she had passed away in the usa after returning there when she was 65 in 1971 from london were her son lived . i have no doubt that her storie is corrct BUT I HAVE SOME DETAILS but i dont know her surname at that time she had a son at that time aprox age 2!!!! and a few other leads i need HELP !!!!! :)
emma mcgrath 14 January 2013
I've always wanted the truth about the RMS Titanic, I for one have read a lot about the Titanic but have never found the truth. There is persons to be held accountable, but will the truth ever be told? God bless those who survived and Ihope that God was with those whom did not!!
Robert C .DOBBS 19 December 2012
My grandma was on that boat she was only 5 .. she died 2005 .... she was 97
Roza 12 December 2012
Person 18 November 2012
the titanic is my fav boat
pokly 11 November 2012
its so sad every person who died had a happy life if front of them
paul 28 October 2012
Help. We just finished watching the final episode of the TV series 'Titanic - Blood and Steel' and have a question.
The final episode shows passengers boarding the Titanic at Belfast on her maiden voyage. A friend says that passengers boarded at Cobh, Ireland, Southhampton, England, and Cherbourg, France, but not at Belfast! Is this correct? Would appreciate any help. Thank you very much.
Jim 23 October 2012
this is an interesting event but sad also i wish i could go back in time to tell them about the iceburg bc today the REAL ship would still exist and all the people :) i have learned alot about this this tragic event since im doing a project on it also
allie 21 October 2012
I know for a fact that I would never have survived the sinking of the TITANIC, but very well done to those who managed to do so. I also sympathise with the people that lost any members of their families as it was an EXTREMELY traumatic event that happened. I can't believe that it is already 100 years since the TITANIC sank.

Justine 09 October 2012
i would not have been on that ship i know i wld have died
cheyenne 04 October 2012
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