Encyclopedia Titanica

Lookout claims Murdoch Shot Himself

He knew he should have changed his course. He shot himself because he knew it.

New York World

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"As we stood there on Collapsible B, each man holding on to his neighbours shoulder fearful every moment that some lurch would send us off again into that icy water, two of the men I knew had been on watch in the crow's nest that night spoke up. 'It's no wonder Mr. Murdoch shot himself,' said one to the other. I asked him why."

"'From the crow's nest we sighted the iceberg that hit us at 11.15,' he replied. 'I at once reported it to Mr. Murdoch. It was not white but a sort of bluish colour plainly distinguishable against the clear sky. Twice afterward I reported the iceberg to Mr. Murdoch. I could not see that he at all varied the Titanic's course. He knew he should have changed his course. He shot himself because he knew it.'"

Contributors

Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

Citation

Encyclopedia Titanica (2008) Lookout claims Murdoch Shot Himself (New York World, Sunday 21st April 1912, ref: #8939, published 27 September 2008, generated 16th October 2021 08:00:14 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/lookout-claims-titanic-officer-murdoch-shot-himself.html