His body was never recovered. I wished his body was recovered so then we would know he didn't die by drowning or if the funnel fall on him.There has to be an alternative explanation as to how Murdoch died, and there's four possible methods I can think of:
1: Murdoch ended up in the water and died of hypothermia, just like most of Titanic's victims did.
2: He was killed when the forward funnel fell on top of him.
3: Murdoch made it to the overturned Collapsible B, but died of exposure during the night.
4: His leg got caught in the lifeboats falls and he got dragged underwater and drowned.
Of these four scenarios, I think the fourth one is the most likely way Murdoch died but do let me know what you all think.
I believe he probably heard those stories. Whether or not what he heard was true is a different matter. If you read the newspapers right after the sinking they had everybody shooting everyone or all the officers who didn't make it commiting suicide including Capt Smith. Some were tales told by crew members and passengers but a lot were just made up. Yellow journalism...the more things change the more they stay the same...as the saying goes. I hadn't read that article before so thanks. I will poke around to see if I can find the rest. Cheers.What do you think of Thomas Whitley's accounts?
He saw wilde shoot a man and three others say Murdoch shot himself.
Hi Aly!OK no worries gents.
How did the story come about that an officer shot himself? Why would survivors start up a rumour like that for?
I suppose someone in a lifeboat some distance away fro the sinking Titanic could have mistaken sounds of snapping stays for gunfire, but a few survivors still on the ship at the time (or very near) also reported gunshots and are unlikely to have made a similar mistake. Of course, their statements were not similar or even consistent, but with so many people hearing gunshots (not necessarily who was shooting at whom etc), there must be some truth in it.The other day I was reading about the near miss with the SS New York in Southampton and one witness described the New York's line parting "it snapped like the crack of a gun".
It got me thinking, regarding witnesses late in the sinking saying officers fired shots, in all the chaos as the ship's final plunge started, could someone have heard the stays holding up the forward-most funnel snapping as the funnel was starting to fall and mistook that for gunfire?