“All artifacts recovered from the Titanic’s wreck site are noteworthy, but the discovery of Murdoch’s items is especially significant as he is one of eight passengers and crew members whom we were able to directly link personal possessions to thus far,” said Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for Premier Exhibitions, Inc. “We are pleased to extend this special display in Las Vegas in an effort to bring more people face-to-face with treasures that belonged to a man so vital to the story of Titanic.”
First Officer Murdoch was on the bridge when the “Unsinkable Ship” collided with the iceberg that fateful night on April 15, 1912. As soon as the lookouts spotted the iceberg, Murdoch gave the order “Hard-a-starboard!” and telegraphed the engine room “Stop. Full speed astern.” Once the situation was realized, Murdoch spent the remainder of his time assisting passengers into lifeboats and went down with the Ship.
Some of the following clues that link the artifacts directly to Murdoch include:
· Toiletry Kit: William Murdoch’s initials, “W.M.” are clearly embossed on the leather bag.
· White Star Line Officer Button: Officers were given uniforms, but needed to purchase their own buttons, making easily-accessible spares necessary.
· Straight Razor: For many years, Murdoch sported a mustache, but with marriage and entrance into the Royal Navy Reserve, he shaved it off.
· Long-Johns: Officers and crew members had multiple pairs of long-johns, which would have been necessary for Murdoch’s frigid overnight shifts.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes guests on an emotional journey through the life of the legendary ship. Along the way, visitors learn countless stories of heroism and humanity, paying tribute to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face tragedy. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with the last admission at 9 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, please visit www.premierexhibitions.com.
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