MILLVINA Dean, the youngest passenger on the Titanic and the last living link with history's most famous sunken ship, has died at a nursing home in Hampshire, England, aged 97.
Born in London, she was about eight weeks old when she and her brother Bertram, aged 23 months, set sail in third class on Titanic with their parents, Bertram snr and Georgetta.
The Deans, who had sold their London pub and planned to open a tobacco shop in Wichita, Kansas, were originally booked on another White Star liner, but a coal strike prompted a transfer to the Titanic, on its maiden voyage.
Titanic set sail from Southampton on April 10, 1912, and was south of Newfoundland's Grand Banks on the night of April 14 when it struck an iceberg.
Millvina and her mother, who had lost track of her son in the panic and chaos, were seated in lifeboat 10 and were among the first steerage passengers to escape the sinking liner.
Millvina was so tiny that she had to be lifted into the lifeboat in a postal sack. Their boat drifted in the water for several hours before they were rescued and taken aboard the Carpathia, a ship that had answered the Titanic's distress call....