Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On this date

On this date 100 years ago, May 31, 1911, the RMS Titanic was launched.

Coincidentally, also on May 31, the last survivor of the Titanic disaster died. (Millvina Dean, 2009.)

Believe it or don't item:

Millvina's brother Bertram, also a Titanic survivor, died at age 81 in 1992, on 15 April -- 80 years to the day that the Titanic struck the iceberg.


You can read her story here if you want.


  1. Olympic & Britannic were the sister ships. Britannic stuck a mine in the Med while operating as a hospital ship. She had dropped the wounded off and was returning to Galipolli.
    Olympic I think went on for years.

  2. Hmmm I canny find any info on what happened to the 'Titanic' herself.

  3. Being doused in ice-cold water at a young age must promote longevity.

  4. What ship is that? Didn't the Titanic have like big huge smokestacks? Four of them?

  5. @Adullamite - Olympic, indeed, was the only one of the three sisters who actually served out here passenger-carrying career and was finally scrapped. Her life was far from uneventful, though.

    @A. - Apparently so, although I think the baby was put into a lifeboat and lowered away. Or were you commenting off-topic again? :( :)

    @Stephanie Barr - I know you're kidding, but there is just enough doubt in my mind to fall for it: ships are outfitted after the hull is launched.



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