Diving into the past with Titanic artifacts from its mysterious first officer
William M. Murdoch, the Titanic’s first officer died the night the ship sank. Just how he perished is likely a mystery that will never be solved. James Cameron’s 1987 film had him shooting a passenger then shooting himself.
We don’t know if that’s really true. What we do know is that Murdoch helped load lifeboats on the starboard side of the ship, and that he is regarded as a Scottish hero for loading his boats with more people than other officers.
Recently, some of his personal items were found in the wreck.
The piece of pipe, toiletry kit and button are on display at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition in Las Vegas Sept. 1 through October. The items are part of an exhibition by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (who also provided these images).