by Jessica Reppert
Not surprisingly, the number of passengers on board the Titanic on April 15, 1912, was significantly higher in Third Class than either of the others. In fact, there were more Third Class passengers than there were First and Second Class passengers combined. Of the 710 Third Class passengers on board, only 174 would survive the disaster. In Second Class, 119 of the 285 passengers would survive, and 199 or the 329 First Class passengers would live to tell the tale. There were 899 crew members on board, only 214 of which survived. More than 1,500 lives were lost to the sea that night.
For a better look at the number of passengers in each class, and the number of survivors from each class, visit Titanic Universe.
There are hundreds of fascinating survivor stories that have been told over the last 100 years. Elizabeth Gladys Dean, known to many as Millvina Dean, was only 9 weeks old when she and her family boarded the Titanic to immigrate to Kansas. Once there, her father hoped to open a tobacconist’s shop and provide a better life for his family. Her father did not survive the tragedy with the rest of his family, who were rescued and taken to New York. After only a week in the United States, without Mr. Dean to provide for the family, Millvina, her mother, and her brother all returned to England. Millvina was the last known survivor of the Titanic; she passed away on May 31, 2009, at the age of 97.
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