Another survivor, Violet Jessop, complained that nobody had asked her about the Titanic sinking and that she had been ignored.
What happened to Mary Sloan, after she returned to England on the Lapland, has remained a mystery. However, today I received an e-mail which may solve the mystery.
The e-mail contains four postcards which were written by someone with the same or a similar name to her sister or aunt Annie Sloane.
I have just posted the cards on my website as follows: http://www.anusha.com/marysloan.jpg http://www.anusha.com/maysloan.jpg
Here are two of the cards. They are from Belfast, Ireland. They are addressed to Mrs. William J. Gilliland (Annie Sloane), Alpine Avenue, Silverton, Hamilton Co., Ohio, US America and read:
"We are stopping for a fortnight. Glorious weather. All well M. Sloane"
"We are all well. Hope you got the Christmas number I sent you all right. Fine Weather here now. M. Sloane"
The other two cards are more difficult to read and are signed "May Sloane".
Silverton Ohio is just outside of Cincinnati. I have found Alpine Avenue on a map. The question is whether this is the same Mary Sloan who survived the Titanic.
The Titanic survivor is also sometimes referred to as Mary Sloan and other times as May Sloan.
The Titanic survivor was from Belfast. This May Sloane was also from Belfast. Also, Mary Sloan, the Titanic survivor, had two sisters.
On the other hand, these postcards are signed Sloane, whereas the name of the Titanic survivor is spelled Sloan.
This difference is not important however, as these are alternate spellings of the same name and Annie and Mary both signed their names with and without the e at end.
On the other hand, if this is the same Mary or May Sloan, she seems to have been older than it was supposed that the Titanic Survivor was. This Mary or May Sloane died on January 13, 1926.
I also have a marriage certificate showing that the father of Annie Sloan was named Samuel Sloan (me?). This information was sent to me by the great-granddaughter of Annie Sloane.
I have just posted the marriage certificate at http://www.anusha.com/sloanmar.jpg and at http://www.anusha.com/maysloan.htm
Does anybody have any insight into this. What would be helpful would be if the letters which Mary Sloan, the Titanic survivor, wrote her sister while on board the Lapland can be found. If the letters can be found, we could determine if a person with the same handwriting wrote the letters to Mrs. William J. Gilliland.
Note that Annie Sloane was sometimes called Anna Sloan and William J. Gilliland later became known as William J Gillian.