Monday, June 1, 2009

News of the Day

Millvina Dean, who as a baby was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat in the frigid North Atlantic, died on Sunday, having been the last survivor of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.
She was 97 years old, and she died where she had lived — in Southampton, England, the city her family had tried to leave behind when it took the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage, bound for America. She always said that her father saved her life and the lives of her mother and brother by immediately heading them to a life boat station after he heard the scraping of the iceberg on the Titanic's hull. He perished but they were saved. Also Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet (of course the stars of the Titanic movie) had recently pledged to pay for her nursing home fees ........ after they found out she had to sell some mementos of her voyage to raise funds. Quite an incredible life for her I think after that horrible disaster.

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