Edith Eileen Brown - Titanic Second Class Passenger
Miss Edith Eileen Brown, later known as Edith Haisman, was a 15 year old second class passenger travelling aboard the maiden voyage of Titanic with her parents, Thomas William Solomon Brown and Elizabeth Catherine Brown. The family were moving from their home in Cape Town, South Africa to a new home in Seattle, Washington, United States. They all boarded Titanic at Southampton on 10th April 1912.
Edith Eileen Brown was born in South Africa on 27th October 1896.
She and her mother were rescued from Titanic in Lifeboat 14. Her father was amongst those lost during the sinking.
After spending some time in America, Edith Eileen Brown and her mother moved back to South Africa.
In 1917 she married Frederick Thankful Haisman, and they had 10 children. They later moved to the place were Titanic started her maiden voyage from, Southampton.
In her later years she gave interviews about the Titanic disaster, including appearing in Titanic documentaries. In 1996 she returned to the site where Titanic had been lost in 1912, aboard the cruise ship Island Breeze, which was at the site to watch the attempt at recovering part of Titanicís hull, known as the big piece. Also aboard the Island Breeze was Titanic survivor Michel Marcel Navratil. While at the wreck site Edith Haisman threw a rose into the sea.
Edith Haisman died at nursing home in Southampton on 20th January 1997. At the time of her death she had been the oldest living Titanic survivor.