“The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean” by Scott Stevens is an historical novel based on fact. Glynnis was a survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster. She and her new husband were sailing from Ireland to America to start their new life. She made it to a lifeboat while her husband went to a watery grave in the North Atlantic. She was aboard the Carpathia, but for some reason the record was lost. She was, however interviewed on board ship before sailing back to Ireland by Senator William Alden Smith and his stenographer Mary Altford. He was then to return to the Senate and share his findings with the investigation. Mrs. Altford’s granddaughter discovered this “lost’ interview among her personal belongings after her parents passed away. She offered it to the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and it was published as a serial in 1962 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The deposition conveys what transpired after it was determined that the Titanic would indeed sink. It was heart-rending to read about the separation of families due to the absence of enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. “Women and children first” was the procedure that the ship’s crew went by, however because of the delay in realizing just what a perilous dilemma they were in, no one was anxious to leave their loved ones until it was too late.
I found this book to be a very imaginable tale of the last moments of the Titanic and its passengers and crew. So much has been written about this event and the fact that there is a first-hand account available is remarkable. History buffs who are genuinely interested in that event in 1912 will definitely regard this book as important to their interest.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com.