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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Titanic survivor


An elderly woman who lived in Shrewsbury was believed to be the last person to have memories of the sinking of the Titanic -- and a story in the Washington Post details a writer's efforts to get at those memories.

Lillian Gertrud Asplund was 5 1/2 years old when her family booked a trip on a ship called the RMS Titanic.

David Brown tells the story of several visits to interview Asplund, who died May 6 in Shrewsbury at the age of 99. He wanted her to remember things she wanted to forget -- and eventually she shared some memories with him.

Asplund, who lost her father and three of her brothers in the disaster, told Brown that she had seen the actual sinking as she sat in a lifeboat with her mother.

"It looked like a big building going down," Asplund told Brown.

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