Friday, November 03, 2006

The Youngest Titanic Survivor

The ashes of Ellen Walker have been scattered over the Atlantic, a year after her death and a few thousand miles from where her supposed father drowned. Walker claimed to have been conceived aboard the Titanic, the child of lovers Henry Morley and Kate Phillips.

The shopkeeper's affair with the 19-year-old Miss Phillips, saw them book a second-class crossing to begin a new life in America.

But that dream was destroyed when Mr Morley, who was married with a family, drowned on April 15, 1912.

Miss Phillips however, was rescued in a lifeboat. And nine months later, in January 1913, Ellen Walker was born.

She spent most of her life unaware of her father's identity, but on discovering the truth, began an unsuccessful campaign to have his name added to her birth certificate. [Link]
Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean—born nine weeks before the sinking and living still—is generally regarded the youngest survivor of the tragedy. It is rumored on a message board that Walker "got in Millvina Dean's face at one point, shaking her finger and declaring "I AM THE YOUNGEST TITANIC SURVIVOR!"

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