Bertram Vere Dean was a third class passenger on the Titanic. He survived the sinking.
In 1912 Bertram's parents decided to emigrate to Wichita, Kansas where they hoped to open a tobacconist shop. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.
Bertram, Eva, and Millvina survived the sinking; but his father went down with the ship. They reached New York and were quartered in hospital for a time before returning to England aboard the Adriatic.
In his later years Bertram was educated at King Edward's school in Southampton, paid for by compensation from the various Titanic relief funds. He went on to work at Husband's Shipyard in Southampton where he met George Beauchamp who, he learned, may have been in the same lifeboat as he. The two became good friends.
Bertram married Dorothy Sinclair, who had her own Titanic-credentials: her father had purchased the music shop in Southampton previously owned by Titanic victim Henry Price Hodges. He was very fervent about Titanic-related activities: he granted many interviews guested at several conventions, was a frequent visitor to the Southampton City Heritage's offices during the 1980s; he was secretary for 25 years for the Anchor Darts Club at the Royal Oak pub in Woodlands.
Bertram died April 14th, 1992 at the age of 81. His widow, Dorothy, still lives in Southampton.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Bertram was the last living male survivor from Titanic's third class passengers.