When the Titanic collided with the iceberg, only around a third of those on board would survive. If you were traveling first class you had a better chance of living than most, even more so if you were female or a child (as per the tradition of “women and children first” into the lifeboats). Read on to find out how many people lived to tell the tale of that fateful voyage.
706 – the total number of people who survived the Titanic sinking.
492 – the number of passengers who survived.
214 – the number of crew members who survived.
37% – the percentage of passengers who survived.
24% – the percentage of crew members who survived.
Did You Know?
When passengers boarded Titanic for her maiden voyage, little did they know that their financial standing would determine whether they were more likely to live or perish. If you were lucky enough to be sailing first class it would turn out that you were probably destined to survive, whilst if you were traveling in steerage (third) class you were more likely to perish than to live. Around 3 out of every 5 first class passengers survived the disaster, whilst this dropped to just 1 in 4 from third class.
9 weeks – the age of the youngest survivor from Titanic, Millvina Dean (see “Did You Know?” below).
62 – the approximate age (precise date of birth unknown) of the oldest survivor, George Harris, a passenger in second class.
Did You Know?
The last living survivor of the Titanic disaster was Elizabeth Gladys “Milvina” Dean, who passed away in 2009, aged 97. She was just 2 months and 13 days old at the time of the voyage, a traveler in third class.
More To Explore
We have a whole host of fascinating facts about the survivors of the Titanic, or read about “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, the American socialite and survivor of the disaster. See also our alphabetical list of Titanic survivors.