Murdoch of the 'Titanic' :
Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch
'RMS Titanic', White Star Line
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Thank you for visiting this website. I hope it has given you a more accurate idea of the life and character of William McMaster Murdoch. I will continue to update and maintain the site as a permanent record. Information and images are still needed, and I will acknowledge anything sent to me.
I have been aware that many people wish to examine my sources for themselves, and I regret that some information is either out of print or only available in limited editions. Wherever possible, I will give you prices and publishers' contact addresses. Some books and papers were only lent to me for a short time, but I will try to add these at a future date.
This eighty-year-old volume of experience is only available to
those who write to him. and I will continue to relay your questions. As many
have noted, remarkably similar in appearance to his uncle and his
grandfather...which is only right.
You may e-mail him through me at :-
Major source of family photographs and his family tree. Remarkably wise and understanding. Loaned me many of the books I have used, including the Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, the Susanne Störmer and the Claes-Göran Wetterholm. Most important of all, he has regularly lent to me his family's copy of The British 'Titanic' Inquiry, 1912 (Lord Mersey's Inquiry for the Board of Trade). His uncle's photograph is the front link of this site.
Another limited edition of unique character. A maritime historian
who has helped others to publish what he has been unable to publish for
himself. Has been everywhere from Lloyds' Registry to the British Library,
spoke to both Bride and Lightoller, and has material passed to his family
by White Star Line's Ken Topping.
You may e-mail him through me at:-
Source of a lot of basic maritime lore and the precise details of William McMaster Murdoch's career. Has kept me on the right track, when I've become too fanciful.
Tom Henderson managed to shanghai me onto the Dalbeattie Museum
Trust Committee in 1988, within eighty seconds of my sitting down at the
back of the meeting. I only managed to get sprung in 1992, after the
Museum was well on its way. He taught me a lot of Dalbeattie's history, and
lent me books and his contacts; myself and Ernie pressured him to set down
what he knows. President of the Dalbeattie Museum Trust and amateur
historian of professional quality.
You may e-mail him through me at:-
Made available to me that rare copy of 'To the Bitter End' by Elizabeth Gibbons and other documents. In return, I linked him up with Raymond Elliott, whose two remarkable models of the 'Titanic' (before the collision and after the sinking) are to grace the Dalbeattie Museum in Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.
Now long out of print, but copies are held in the British Library and maybe in the Liverpool Library. Visitors are warned that a substantial part of the Liverpool collection was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs in the 1940s, so the British Library's collection may be a better starting-point.
The Murdoch family copy is complete, but those parts covering the 'Californian' were cut out, possibly by one of his aunts, who knew and respected Captain Lord of the 'Californian'. This high-minded censorship was reversed by Ernie Robinson presenting Scott with photocopies of the missing pages from another copy. The material itself was bound in a buff cover with a red morocco spine, possibly by the Dumfries and Galloway Library Service.
'Good-Bye, Good Luck' : The Biography of William McMaster Murdoch
Written and published by Susanne Störmer :
This fascinating and sometimes dramatic book was the source for some of the photographs and the basic background. Mrs. Störmer is German, so the text has that accent, but her scholarship is excellent. Scott Murdoch and Ernie Robinson were both sources for this book, which served to set the scene for later detailed discussions. I regard it as a good companion volume for this Murdoch website...until I write my own.
Please remember to send a delivery address.
The most important text from this book is probably the recounting of passenger Elizabeth Lines' overhearing of Ismay putting pressure on Captain Smith (p 41). Lynch's account of the lifeboat launchings throws some light on the order, for which I otherwise had to rely upon quotes others have made about Gracie's book. However, even Lynch could not cover everything, and I learnt about the fate of the lifeboats (broken up after being left in a boatyard) from a site on the Internet.
Price £30 Sterling net in United Kingdom
I regret that I do not know the price of this book.[N.B. : Other books may be added to this list, but are not to hand at this moment. - Richard Edkins.]
'To the Bitter End'
By Elizabeth Gibbons.
Mr. Henderson has told me that he will contact Elizabeth Gibbons, to establish whether she will be willing for the Dalbeattie Museum Trust to copy and retail her typescript.
This website is being written to set the record straight on the real Lieutenant William Mcmaster Murdoch, Royal Naval Reserve. Information and editorial assistance is being given by Mr. Samuel Scott Murdoch, the nephew of the First Officer of the RMS 'Titanic', and the maritime historian, Mr. Ernest Robinson.
Enquiries about William McMaster Murdoch for Mr. Scott Murdoch or Mr. Ernest Robinson can be forwarded by e-mail through :-
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