My previous comment vaniished into the ether. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the piece, have always been fascinated with the subject, like the rest of the world. Please try to track down your g.g.uncle Maddie..there is an even greater story to be uncovered.
Thanks again, Pauline. Yes, what a story that would be. Did he sail on the Titanic, or did he sail on another ship? Did he sail at all? He could have been one of the hundreds that didn't board, in which case why didn't he? What happened to him, and his theatre company is a mystery that should be uncovered.