When did the last adult survivor die?

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When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Cornellius » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:35 pm

All the survivors I remember dying were babies on the Titanic. Who was the last adult passenger (or crew member) who survived to die?
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aaron2010 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:36 pm

Marjorie Newell - 23 on the Titanic - 1st class - Died in 1992.

Ellen Shine - 20 on the Titanic - 3rd class - Died in 1993.

Edith Brown - 15 on the Titanic - 2nd class - Died in 1997.

Anna McGowan - 14 on the Titanic - 3rd class - Died in 1990.

Robertha Watt - 12 on the Titanic - 2nd class - Died in 1993.

Ruth Becker - 12 on the Titanic - 2nd class - Died in 1990.


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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby boonelee » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:36 am

Millvinia Dean died a couple years ago. She was 2 months old when she was traveling on the Titanic with her parents.
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby VW1956 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:53 pm

Hello Aaron2010. Even though Edith Brown passed away in the same year that James Camerons Titanic was released she would not have got to see it as the film was released about 10 months after her death. So that means that Millvina Dean was the only person who was on Titanic and could have seen the film but I don't think that she did. Ken.
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aaron2010 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:15 pm

I only listed the adults and teenagers on Titanic to answer the top question. But there were also many children and babies alive in the 1990's. e.g.


Millvina Dean - died 2009

Eleanor Shuman - died 2008

Barbara Dainton - died 2007

Lillian Asplund - died 2006

Michel Navratil - died 2001

Louise Laroche - died 1998

Eleanor Johnson - died 1998

Eva Hart - died 1996

Beatrice Sandström - died 1995

Eileen Lenox - died 1993

Luise Kink - died 1992

Bertram Dean - died 1992

Alden Caldwell - died 1992

George Touma - died 1991

Michael Joseph - died 1991

Frank Aks - died 1991


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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby VW1956 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:45 am

Hello Aaron2010. Thanks for that list. I thought at the time of posting that it seemed odd that Millvina Dean lived way past anyone else. Must check facts before posting in future. I wonder how many went to see the James Camerons version. Ken.
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aaron2010 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:02 pm

I think two survivors saw James Cameron's movie. I remember Eva Hart was asked if she was going to see it but she said no because it would remind her of her father who perished. Eva died before the film was released.

The website Wikipedia says:

"Eleanor Shuman and Michel Navratil are known to have seen the movie. Ms. Shuman saw the film four times and found it both moving but also breathtaking. Mr. Navratil saw the film only once, from the privacy of his own home. He said that he enjoyed certain scenes, such as the dolphins diving in front of the bow at the opening of the film, and when the lifeboat went back for survivors at the end."


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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aly Jones » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:54 am

Eleanor Shuman and Michel Navratil are known to have seen the movie.

Mrs Shuman and Mr Navratil were old enough to remember the Titanic disaster by memory? Did they recall how real life the movie was to the real disaster?
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aaron2010 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:10 am

Eleanor Shuman was a baby and was too young to remember the disaster. Michel Navratil was nearly 4 years old. He gave an interview and said:


"I remember looking down the length of the hull. The ship looked splendid. My brother and I played on the forward deck and were thrilled to be there. One morning, my father, my brother, and I were eating eggs in the Second-class dining room. The sea was stunning. My feeling was one of total and utter well-being. My father entered our cabin where we were sleeping. He dressed me very warmly and took me in his arms. A stranger did the same for my brother. When I think of it now, I am very moved. They knew they were going to die. I don't recall being afraid. I remember the pleasure, really, of going plop! into the lifeboat. We ended up next to the daughter of an American banker who managed to save her dog. No one objected. There were vast differences of people's wealth on the ship, and I realized later that if we hadn't been in Second-class, we would have died. We had our back to Titanic and went to sleep. The next morning I saw the Carpathia on the horizon. I was hauled aboard in a burlap bag."



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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Eric K. Longo » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:29 am

HI All,

I believe Miss Dean also spoke about the idea of a character being her father thus not wanting to see it. I believe she was invited by Prince Charles to see it and would not go.

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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby joshua » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:58 pm

Micheal Navratil actually got to see the film in a movie theater. There is a photo of him next to the poster in the cinema and he doesn't look happy. An interesting story I read about Louise Laroche is that she was in the hospital and she saw a magazine or newspaper advertising the 1997 film and she started talking about she was on the Titanic. The doctors and nurses thought she had lost her mind until a friend explained that she was indeed on the Titanic. From that time until she died, she was a favorite of the hospital staff.
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby Aly Jones » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:56 am

They all must've had vivid memory of the disaster! Watching '97' Titanic must had brought them back to April 14th 1912, easily gave them an ill feeling. Didn't it take one survivor 70/80 years before she traveled on a ship again?
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby VW1956 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:44 am

Hello. 20 years does not seem to me to be a long time but there were so many survivors still with us. Ken.
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Re: When did the last adult survivor die?

Postby joshua » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:49 am

Aly, by the time Cameron's film came out, very few survivors were alive that remembered the disaster. Michael was only 4 and had a few images in his head from the voyage and sinking, but didn't remember the whole thing vividly. Eva Hart died the year before (she remembered less than she would have had people to believe) and most of the survivors were by that time those that either had some memories from the eyes of children or no memory at all.
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