More than a century after the Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg at 11.40 pm on April 14, 1912, the story of that fateful night continues to linger in our imaginations. We remember the 1500-plus people who perished, including famous titans like John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Macy’s owners Isidor and Ida Strauss. But what about the people who survived, the 706 who were lucky enough to make it into lifeboats and then sail to safety aboard the Carpathia? For some, traumatic memories of the tragedy cast a shadow over the rest of their lives; others found fame in their survivor status or became heroes.
Today, there are no survivors left. The last survivor Millvina Dean, who was just two months old at the time of the tragedy, died in 2009 at the age of 97. Here’s a look back at some of the fortunate few who survived ‘the unsinkable Titanic’.