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Eva Hart


Titanic survivor who became perhaps one of the most outspoken critics from the vessel’s insufficient lifeboats following the ship’s sinking in 1912. She was seven yrs . old when she boarded the Titanic being a second-class traveler with her parents in Southampton, Britain. She sang skillfully in Australia, became a Conventional Party organizer, and proved helpful being a magistrate. Her parents had been Benjamin Hart and Esther Bloomfield. When Eva was put into the lifeboat, her dad informed her to “keep mommy’s hand and become a good litttle lady.” This minute was recreated in movie director Adam Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic.

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Full Name Eva Hart
Date Of Birth January 31, 1905
Died February 14, 1996, Chadwell Heath, Dagenham, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Nationality British
Parents Esther Hart, Benjamin Hart
Star Sign Aquarius

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1She returned to England and worked as an industrial welfare officer and magistrate in Essex, England until her retirement.
2She moved to Australia in 1929 to pursue a singing career after her mother's death.
3She and her mother, Eva Hart, survived in Lifeboat 14 during the Titanic's sinking.
4Daughter of Benjamin Hart (died April 15, 1912) and Esther Hart (died 1928).
5Has a pub named after her in Chadwell Heath, near where she grew up.
6She was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1974 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to the community.
7Survivor of the Titanic sinking in 1912.



Titanic1993Video documentary special thanks - as Miss Eva Heat MBE



Titanic: Secrets Revealed1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (Titanic survivor)
People's Century: 1900-19991995TV Series documentaryHerself
Titanic: Death of a Dream1994TV Movie documentaryHerself (titanic survivor)
Titanic1993Video documentaryHerself (as Eva Heat MBE)
Titanic Confession1987TV MovieHerself
World of Strange Powers1985TV Series documentaryHerself

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Deep Inside the Titanic1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Titanic: Breaking New Ground1998TV Special documentaryHerself - Titanic survivor

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1During the sinking: The panic seemed to start after the boats had gone, we could hear it..after we were rowing away from the ship..then we could hear the panic of the people rushing about on the deck and screaming and looking for lifeboats..I was terrified..it was dreadful..the bow went down first and the stern stuck up in the ocean for what seemed to me like a long time..but it stood up stark against the sky and then keeled over went down, you could hear the people screaming and thrashing about in the water..and finally the ghastly noise of the people trashing about and screaming and drowning, that finally ceased. I remember saying to my mother once, 'Yes, but think back about the silence that followed it' ... because all of a sudden the ship wasn't there, the lights weren't there and the cries weren't there.
2About the Titanic's recovery: One of my reasons for being so particularly averse to the thought of any plundering is that I don't feel the Titanic is a disaster that can be compared with any other. There was no need for anybody to die. With enough time and enough lifeboats, nobody would have died. For that reason, I feel that the sacred site should be left at peace and I bitterly resent any suggestion of plundering. To bring up those things from a mass sea grave just to make a few pounds shows a dreadful insensitivity and greed. The grave should have been left alone. They're simply fortune hunters and pirates!
3Her mother's premonition: My father was so excited about it and my mother was so upset. The first time in my life I saw her crying...she was so desperately unhappy about the prospect of going, she had this premonition, a most unusual thing for her.
4About the Titanic: To call the ship unsinkable was, to her (Eva's mother), flying in the face of God.
5About boarding the Titanic: We went down to the cabin and that's when my mother said to my father that she made her mind quite firmly that she would not go to bed in that ship, she would sit up at night..she decided that she wouldn't go to bed at night and she didn't!

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