Well, I read in the Weekly World News that Cap'n Smith was really a woman, but Frank Prentice too? It's all coming out now. Seriously, we don't know in all cases how long the women lived, so Darren's question is difficult to answer. I agree that the latest known date of death was probably Violet Jessop (actually 1971). The same goes for the men - Daniels' death was the last that we know about.
Mabel Bennett was the last surviving female crew member. A couple of years ago at the BTS convention, they auctioned her red coat that she wore into the lifeboat. I thought it would go for some huge sum so didn't bother to register for the auction. It didn't sell at all as no one bid more than $1,500 for it but I later heard that it sold for just over $2,000. Am soooo sorry I didn't go for it as I would have paid the $2,000 in a heartbeat.
Sorry for the 1974 mistake. Had no idea that Mrs. Mabel Bennett was the last female crew survivor but am surprised to know that yet another survivor has reached the 90-year old mark. Isnt it amazing how many survivors out of a group of 712 reached such age?
Thanks Phil for that very interesting information. It would be interesting to know just how many articles of clothing are still around that belonged to survivors. Didn't Edith Russell's clothing that she wore the night of the sinking get stolen in later years?