Did Mary Hitchcock Wick ever leave behind an account that talks about the Titanic or her cabin #?
Good day to you Jullie,My family has a small alarm clock that Mrs Wick took with her on the Titanic. It was given to her by her chauffeur, Jack Potter, before the Wicks left on their trip. The clock was one he had used before but jokingly wanted her to take it so she wouldnt miss the boat. She for some reason saved this clock and returned it to Jack on her return home.
I at first thought it was Miss Wick her good friend Caroline Bonnell (1882-1950) who referred to a picture of her brother Joseph (who I speculated might had the nickname of Jack), but it appears more likely that the lady in question was Mary Natalie Wick (1880-1944) instead.A girl next to me suddenly said "I've forgotten Jack's photograph & must get it & in spite of protests went down and fetched it! It was of course quite unreasonable but it only struck me as natural at the time.
The fact that while recounting the story in the 1950s the Countess of Rothes (she apparently had retained her title after her first husband died and she remarried), who was 33 at the time she survived the Titanic disaster, refers to the other woman as "a girl next to me", something that she was very unlikely to have done with reference to the then 46 year-old Mary Peebles Wick but might just have meant the 31 year-old stepdaughter Mary Natalie Wick, still unmarried at the time. But most likely the Countess was referring colloquially to her own 20 year-old maid Roberta Maioni as "the girl next to me". Maioni was young enough to be called a 'girl' and was reportedly flirting with an unnamed sailor on board, who had given her a few memorabilia; a photograph of himself might easily have been one of those..Well that's an interesting story about the photograph. It makes me think did the clock belong to Miss Wick or Mrs. Wick, but the story told by my grandfather (the recipient of the clock) uses Mrs. Wick as the person in the story, not Miss Wick. I wonder why a clock and photograph of this guy Jack was so important to her? Jack was Mr. Wick's chaffeur, but was he more for Mrs. Wick?
Then why didn’t she refer to her as her maid as she did before in the letter?But most likely the Countess was referring colloquially to her own 20 year-old maid Roberta Maioni as "the girl next to me". Maioni was young enough to be called a 'girl' and was reportedly flirting with an unnamed sailor on board, who had given her a few memorabilia; a photograph of himself might easily have been one of those..