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I never closed my eyes at all – I saw that ship sink

The sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic on her maiden voyage shocked the world in 1912. Eva Hart was a passenger and seven years old when the great ship went down with the loss of 1,500 lives. It was something she never forgot.

Born in London, Eva and her parents had embarked on the ship for a new life in Canada.

“My mother had a premonition from the very word go,” she later recalled.

“She knew there was something to be afraid of and the only thing that she felt strongly about was that to say a ship was unsinkable was flying in the face of God. Those were her words.”

When the Titanic sank, Eva remembered being woken in the night and then being placed in a lifeboat alongside her mother. Obeying the “women and children first” rule, her father did not get in himself telling her to “be a good girl and hold Mummy's hand.” He was never seen again.

James Cameron’s film Titanic brought the story of the doomed voyage to a new audience, while documentaries have captured footage of the wreck almost 4,000 metres below the surface of the Atlantic.

Eva, who returned to England with her mother, was one of the last people who could remember RSS Titanic for herself.