Survivors of the Titanic | Survivors from the famous shipwreck tell their stories

The Way It Was | Eva Hart

Eva Hart shares her memories as a survivor of the 'unsinkable' Titanic.

CHANNEL | Unknown

FIRST BROADCAST | 11 April 1987

DURATION | 26 minutes 17 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1987

Synopsis

Eva Hart was seven years old when she and her parents (pictured above) boarded the Titanic on its maiden voyage. Speaking to Roger Clark 75 years later, she shares her personal account of the disaster in vivid detail, from her mother's first premonitions of doom to the years after the tragedy, which saw her become a minor celebrity.

Did you know?

After recording this interview, Eva Hart attended a number of conventions organised by the Titanic Historical Society. She wrote her autobiography, 'Shadow of the Titanic - A Survivor's Story', in 1994. When Eva died two years later, aged 91, eight other survivors were still alive. As of 2008, only one remains: 96-year-old Millvina Dean, who was the youngest passenger aboard the Titanic and has no memory of the event.

Picture courtesy of 'Southampton Story'.

Contributors

Roger George Clark
Presenter
Contributor

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