Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is October 25th, 2008, I’m Jaycee, and I’m here to tell you about an interesting news article we discovered.
Millvina Dean, now 96 years old, was the youngest passenger on the ill-fated ship, Titanic in 1912 at the age of two months. She is the last survivor of Titanic alive and she is now selling her Titanic momentos to pay for her nursing home fees.
Before returning to New York after the tradegy, the New Yorkers gave her mother, 2-year-old brother, and herself a suitcase filled with clothes to help them. Now, Millvina is selling the suitcase, hoping to earn money to pay her fees. They are expected to get around $5,200 in a Titanic memoribilia auction.
Millvina did now know of her experience on Titanic until she turned eight, when her mother was certain to remarry and she told her daughter of her father’s death. She had no memories of the sinking and told news reporters she wanted it that way.
“I feel terrible about this. I want to help her in such a way. This is just horrible that the last survivor of the famous ship, Titanic, is having trouble paying her fees and she is selling what was thought of their life [the suitcase] back in 1912 to help pay. ” says Royce, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.
“I was always fascinated by the Titanic story, and when I heard Millvina Dean’s, I just cannot help but admire her. She is selling something incredibly important and significant, I would want to pass it down to my children. I feel really bad that this is happening.” says Cody, another writer at the Modern Typewriter.
The ill-fated White Star Liner, Titanic set sail with the title of being the largest and most luxurious in the world. It was thought to set a world record in time upon arriving to New York on it’s maiden voyage, when on April 14th, 1912, it hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 2,200 passengers were aboard and only 705 survived. The Cunard Liner, Carpathia, came and helped rescue and take the Titanic passengers to safety. On April 15th, 2009, the Titanic will be 97 years old.
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