Last Titanic Victim A Finn

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The last unidentified victim of the Titanic disaster is now known to have been a Finnish infant on his way to the United States.

The 13-month old baby was found floating in the icy Atlantic six days after the Titanic sank.

Canadian scientists used DNA testing to identify Eino and link him to living descendants in Finland.

His name was Eino Viljami Panula, and he was travelling with his family on the ill-fated ship. His mother and four brothers also perished when the luxury liner sank in 1912, killing 1503 people. The Panula family were on their way to meet the father, who was waiting for them in New York.

Many of the victims are buried in Halifax, Canada. Eino was laid to rest under a gravestone which read, "Erected to the memory of an unknown child".

His Finnish relatives allowed him to be re-buried in Canada, in the same graveyard with more than 100 other victims of the disaster.

His relatives don't want the body returned to Finland, but re-buried in Halifax, where the people have looked after him for so long.