1873

February 28th: William Mcmaster Murdoch born in Dalbeattie (Scotland)

1888

July 31st: Signs indentures for apprenticeship in sail
August 1st: Starts to serve his apprenticeship aboard barque Charles Cotesworth

1892

September 30th: Apprenticeship terminates
October 3rd: Passes examination for the Certificate of Competency as 2nd Mate

1893

August 7th: Signs on as 2nd Mate aboard full-rigger Iquique. Master of this vessel is Samuel Murdoch, his father

1895

February 27th: Discharged from Iquique
March 23rd: Passes examination for the Certificate of Competency as 1st Mate
May 12th: Signs on as 1st Mate aboard the barque St. Cuthbert

1896

July 29th: Discharged from St. Cuthbert
September 28th: Passes examination for the Certificate of Competency as Extra Master

1897

April 3rd: Signs on as 1st Mate aboard 4-masted barque Lydgate

1899

May 2nd: Discharged from Lydgate
Joins White Star Line and serves as 4th mate aboard Medic

1900

Promoted to 3rd mate aboard Medic

1901

Transferred to Runic, another ship in White Star’s Australian service, serves as 2nd mate.

1903

June: Transferred to Arabic, a ship on the Atlantic Run, takes part in the maiden voyage and continues to serve as 2nd mate.

1904

Transferred to Celtic, continues to serve as 2nd mate and is listed as 1st mate for the voyages terminating in July and August 1904. Transferred to Germanic, continues to serve as 1st mate.

1905

Joins Oceanic, White Star’s flag ship, as 2nd mate

1906

February/March: Two voyages 1st mate aboard Cedric (Oceanic not in service then)
April 6th: 2nd mate aboard Oceanic (Oceanic back in service then)
May 9th: Promoted to 1st mate on the Oceanic

1907

Promoted to Lieutenant RNR
Transferred to Adriatic, continues to serve as 1st mate. Takes part in Adriatic’s maiden voyage
September 2nd: Marries Ada Florence Banks, a teacher from New Zealand. They settle in Southampton.

1911

May: Transferred to Olympic; maintains rank as 1st mate, takes part in Olympic’s maiden voyage

1912

March 24th: Signs on as chief mate aboard Titanic. Maintains this rank during trials, the voyage from Belast to Soutampton and preparations for maiden departure
April 9th: Signs on as 1st mate aboard Titanic for her maiden voyage.
April 14th: Titanic strikes iceberg during his watch.
April 15th: Titanic sinks after collision with an iceberg. Murdoch is one of the 1,496 people who perish in this disaster. His body was never recovered.

Compiled by Susanne Störmer