The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most tragic events the world has ever seen. The tenth death anniversary of Millvina Dean on 31st May, was a reminder of that fateful day in human history.
Certain incidents are so significant that they are unforgettable. The Titanic and the events associated with that gigantic ship is such a prominent part of our recent history. Recently, Millivina Dean, the last living survivor of the ship died at the age of 97 after being affected by pneumonia.
According to the Guardian, Dean was just two months old, the youngest passenger on board when the ship sank. Dean, her mother, brother were among the 706 passengers who escaped death. However, her father was left behind and was among the people who lost their lives. Being the last survivor of the incident, Dean enjoyed celebrity status.
Designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and built in Belfast, the luxury British passenger ship was thought to be the fastest ship of its time. The ship that spanned 883 feet from stern to bow equipped with 16 compartments was also considered to be unsinkable by its builders. However, the ship that started its first journey across the Atlantic ferry route could not complete the voyage.
On its maiden voyage, the ship carried over 2,200 passengers from different places across Europe. They were distributed across the first, second and third classes of the ship. While some of them were in to enjoy a holiday and the luxury offered by the ship, others like Dean's family were looking forward to starting their new lives in America.
On April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg that led to the loss of more than 1500 lives. According to the History website, due to the lack of lifeboats and emergency procedures, several people froze to death in the icy North Atlantic waters. This tragic event in modern History inspired many stories, several films, and a musical.
The movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are inspired by these series of events. Though years may pass by, this piece of history will be one of the most tragic events ever. Here are a few images of the Titanic: