William McMaster “Will” Murdoch


William McMaster “Will” Murdoch

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Death 15 Apr 1912 (aged 39)
At Sea
Burial Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Memorial ID 9486027 View Source
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Titanic Officer. William McMaster Murdoch, the fourth child and youngest son of Samuel Murdoch. His father and grandfather were both sea captains as were four of his grandfather's brothers. He served aboard the Medic and the Runic on the Australian run. Later he was transferred to the Atlantic steamers Arabic, Adriatic, Oceanic, Olympic and finally Titanic. He is known to have had the ability to keep a cool head in a crisis; to think quickly and act effectively. It was Murdoch who was duty officer on the bridge at 11:40 p.m. on 14th April 1912 when the lookout's warning of, "Iceberg right ahead" was called and it was he who responded and attempted to avoid the iceberg and then closed the watertight doors in the boiler and engine rooms. The precise details of Murdoch's death are not known but he did perish along with over 1,500 others in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on that tragic night. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

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Extract from headstone,
"William McMaster his son
who perished in the Titanc Disaster,
15th April 1912 aged 39 years."

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William McMaster “Will” Murdoch (28 Feb 1873–15 Apr 1912), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9486027, citing Dalbeattie Cemetery, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .