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Murdoch of the 'Titanic'


The White Star Line
List of Steamships

James Bruce Ismay

Captain Edward John Smith, RNR.

Return to 'The White Star Line'

The recent release in the United Kingdom of the film 'Titanic' has yet again brought the actions of her crew under public scrutiny. This has also perpetuated myths about the principal officers such as Captain Edward John Smith and his First Officer William McMaster Murdoch. The film incorrectly portrayed Murdoch as a man who took bribes and committed suicide by shooting himself for being responsible for the collision. In fact, Murdoch lost his life trying to save as many passengers and crew as he could, and was probably dragged down by the ship as she sank.


This sub-page contains a detailed table of the steamships associated with the White Star Line between 1863 and 1912, including 'Titanic' herself. The statistics reveal two interesting features :-

(1) : Many ships on the White Star's transatlantic run gathered appalling records for collisions and damage. Ships on other runs, or sold out of the company, appear to have had a less disastrous career.

(2) :


In the following list, the writer has listed all White Star steamers in use between 1863 and 1912, including the collision record of each one. It is rather revealing :-

Ship's Name &
Service life
Tonnage & ScrewsMishapsOther
Royal Standard
1863-1867
2,033 Tonnes
Single screw/sail.
23/11/1863 : Iceberg nr. Antarctic. Australian, transatlantic runs.
Sirius
(1865-1890)
1,138 tonnes
single screw
compound engine.
Nothing recorded. Mostly Mediterranean and transatlantic.
Oceanic (1)
1871-1896
3,707 tonnes
single screw
compound engine.
22/8/1882 : Collision. City of Chester sank off Golden Gate, 16 dead. Many refits. Transatlantic and transpacific runs.
Atlantic
1871-1873
3,707 tonnes
single screw
compound engine.
1/4/1873 : Wrecked off Nova Scotia in storm. Transatlantic run.
Tropic
(1871-1873)
Asiatic
Baltic
Republic
Adriatic (1)
Celtic (1)
Gaelic (1)
Traffic
Belgic (1)
Rimac
Britannic (1)
Germanic
Arabic (1)
Coptic
Ionic
Doric (1)
Belgic (2)
Gaelic (2)
Cufic (1)
Runic (1)
Murdoch 2nd Officer.
Teutonic
Majestic
Nomadic (1)
Tauric
Magnetic
Bovic
Gothic
Cevic
Pontic
Georgic
Delphic
Cymric
Afric
Medic (1)
Murdoch 2nd Officer.
Oceanic (2)
Persic
Runic (2)
Murdoch 2nd Officer
Suevic
Celtic (2)
Athenic
Corinthic
Ionic (2)
Cedric
Victorian
Armenian
Arabic (2)
Romanic
Cretic
Republic (2)
Canopic
Cufic (2)
Baltic (2)
Tropic (2)
Gallic
Adriatic (2)
Murdoch First Officer
Laurentic
Megantic
Zeeland
Nomadic (2)
Traffic (2)
Olympic
Belgic (3)
Zealandic
Titanic


This website has been prepared with detailed assistance from Ernie Robinson, the maritime historian, and Samuel Scott Murdoch, the nephew of the First Officer of the 'Titanic'.

Back to Murdoch Homepage Life of W.M. Murdoch RMS Titanic Collision and Aftermath The Board of Enquiry

In Memoriam

Monument to William McMaster Murdoch on Dalbeattie Town Hall

The MURDOCH MEMORIAL PRIZE is competed for annually at Dalbeattie High School.
This page has been prepared because of that Memorial.


Enquiries about William McMaster Murdoch for Mr. S.S. Murdoch or Mr. E. Robinson can be forwarded by e-mail through :-

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Murdoch site started 23rd January 1998,
last updated 16th February 1998.
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