Murdoch of the 'Titanic'
The White Star Line
James Bruce Ismay
Captain Edward John Smith, RNR.
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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.
|Ship's Name &
|Tonnage & Screws||Mishaps||Other|
|23/11/1863 : Iceberg nr. Antarctic.||Australian, transatlantic runs.|
|Nothing recorded.||Mostly Mediterranean and transatlantic.|
|22/8/1882 : Collision. City of Chester sank off Golden Gate, 16 dead.||Many refits. Transatlantic and transpacific runs.|
|1/4/1873 : Wrecked off Nova Scotia in storm.||Transatlantic run.|
|Runic (1)||Murdoch 2nd Officer.|
|Medic (1)||Murdoch 2nd Officer.|
|Runic (2)||Murdoch 2nd Officer|
|Adriatic (2)||Murdoch First Officer|
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|
Monument to William McMaster Murdoch on Dalbeattie Town Hall
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