Remembering those we have lost
Remembering Millvina Dean ~ Titanic's Only Survivor
And all those whose lives have been touched by Titanic and have since been lost to us
8.00 am Sunday 31 May 2009, Millvina Dean, Titanic's only survivor, passed away.
She had been unwell for the past few weeks and only last month she attended the BTS Convention which she enjoyed very
much and was very disappointed at having to miss for a second time her 'Evening with Millvina' in Southampton.
I had visited her at the nursing home in April, she was in good form although suffering from a chest infection, it didn't
stop her from talking to us for over two hours.
We have lost a national treasure, she will be sadly missed by friends and admirers around the world.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family, and Bruno her close companion of many years.
I will remember her for her love of fast cars and slo gin.
"Remember me, When this you see, the baby rescued from the sea" ~ Millvina Dean
It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known her.
Rest in peace Millvina ~ Howard Nelson ~ Titanic Heritage Trust.
Howard & Millvina
Remembering Carl Spencer ~ A Tragic Loss
"If ever legend possessed soul Titanic is one so timeless No shadow shall pass over its
Sunday 24 May 2009, whilst diving on the wreck of the Britannic, 37 year old Carl Spencer part of the expedition team
exploring the wreck site in the Agean sea, 150 nautical miles south-east of Athens, was taken ill with Decompression
sickness (the bends).
Carl was airlifted to a Naval hospital in Athens but he never regained consciousness, he was pronounced dead at the military
Carl father of two was from from Burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, I only met him once but we had a number of conversations
about the preservation of Titanic and Britannic's heritage, which he cared about, he will be a great loss to us all, our deepest sympathy to his
Howard Nelson ~ Titanic Heritage Trust.
News broken courtesy of Andreas Pfeffer, Titanic Museum Germany and CDNN.
It's very spirit alive and free among us.
For not sun or set, storm or calm should dwindle its light that
will burn ages bright".
Carl and Britannic were profiled in our Summer edition of 'Berth 44' in 2008.
Carl Spencer, leader of the 2003 diving expedition to the Britannic wreck.
In 2003, Carl also dived the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic in one of the MIR subs.
He was a member of the team that located and recovered the wreck of Donald Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ from Coniston Water and has
been wreck diving for over 18 years.
In 2007 he was part of an expedition to the wreck of the Carpathia for a documentary.
Carl, a 37 year old British Technical Diver from Cannock in Staffordshire, had a reputation in the field for leading
some of the most groundbreaking and successful combined technologies and Technical Diving Expeditions to date.
He had worked as a consultant and beta test diver for a British designed and built Military application Rebreather - life
He held a full Helicopter Pilot license and flew regularly from his base in the Midlands.
Car Spencer ~ Pilot