The surviving officers wrote a letter to Ada Murdoch. This letter was made public in Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser, 11th May 1912:
Mrs. Murdoch, the widow of the late Lieutenant Murdoch, first officer of the ill-fated liner, has received the following letter:
Hotel Continental, Washington, April 24th, 1912.
Dear Mrs. Murdoch, – I am writing on behalf of the surviving officers to express our deep sympathy in this, your awful loss. Words cannot convey out feelings – much less a letter. I deeply regret that I missed communicating with you by last mail to refute the reports that were spread in the newspapers. I was practically the last man, and certainly the last officer, to see Mr. Murdoch. He was then endeavouring to launch the starboard forward collapsible boat. I had already got mine from off the top of our quarters. You will better understand when I say that I was working the port side of the ship, and Mr. Murdoch was principally engagaged on the starboard side of the ship, filling and launching the boats. Having got my boat down off the top of the starboard side, still on top of the quarters. I was then practically looking down on your husband and his men. He was working hard, personally assisting, overhauling the forward boat’s fall. At this moment the ship dived, and we were all in the water. Other reports, as to the ending are absolutely false. Mr. Murdoch died like a man, doing his duty. Call on us without hesitation for anything we can do for you. – Yours very sincerely, (signed) C. H. Lightoller, 2d Officer; G. (sic) G. Boxhall, 4th Officer; H. J. Pitman, 3d Officer; H. G. Lowe, 5th officer.
Source: Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser, 11th May 1912.