2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies

July 4, 2018 all-day

Winifred Quick Van Tongerloo, Michigan’s last survivor of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic, died on July 4, 2002. She was ninety-eight years of age and had lived in East Lansing for the past six years. Winifred was eight years old when she, along with 704 others, survived the sinking of the White Star liner Titanic. She was the last person in the world who could tell of the event from her own memory; the three survivors still living were too young at the time to form memories of the disaster.

Source : Silence on the ocean: Michigan’s last Titanic survivor, Michigan History Magazine, November 1, 2002.

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