First Officer William Murdoch
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First Officer William Murdoch (Character)
from Titanic (1997)

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Titanic (1997)
Lookout Frederick Fleet: [spots an iceberg ahead of the ship and calls into the wheelhouse] Pick up you bastards!
6th Officer Moody: [comes into the wheelhouse with a cup of tea in hand and answers the phone]
Lookout Frederick Fleet: Is there anyone there?
6th Officer Moody: Yes, what do you see?
Lookout Frederick Fleet: Iceberg, right ahead!
6th Officer Moody: Thank you.
[hangs up phone]
6th Officer Moody: [rushes out to the deck to notify 1st Officer William Murdoch] Iceberg right ahead!
6th Officer Moody, 1st Officer William Murdoch: Hard a'starboard!

Smith: [rushing to the helm after the iceberg strike] What happened, Mr. Murdoch?
1st Officer William Murdoch: An iceberg, sir. I put a hard a'starboard on the engines, full astern, but it was too close. I tried to port 'round it, but she hit.
Smith: Close the watertight doors.
1st Officer William Murdoch: Doors are closed, sir.
Smith: [walking on deck] All stop!
[to Murdoch]
Smith: Find the carpenter. Get him to sound the ship.
1st Officer William Murdoch: Yes, sir!

Ismay: [Andrews enters room with crew behind him; he lays out architectural drawings on table, with Ismay behind him] Most unfortunate, captain!
Thomas Andrews: [perspiring and trembling] Water... fourteen feet above the keel in ten minutes. In the forepeak, in all three holds and in the boiler room six.
Ismay: When can we get underway, damnit!
Thomas Andrews: That's five compartments! She can stay afloat with the first four compartments breached, but not five!
[tersely to Smith]
Thomas Andrews: Not five. As she goes down by the head, the water will spill over the tops of the bulkheads at E deck from one to the next. Back and back. There's no stopping it.
Smith: The pumps... if we opened the doors...
Thomas Andrews: [interrupting] The pumps buy you time, but minutes only. From this moment, no matter what we do, Titanic will founder.
Ismay: [incredulously] But this ship can't sink!
Thomas Andrews: She's made of iron, sir! I assure you, she can... and she will. It is a mathematical certainty.
Smith: How much time?
Thomas Andrews: An hour... two at most.
Smith: And how many aboard, Mr. Murdoch?
1st Officer William Murdoch: 2,200 souls on board, sir.
Smith: [turning to Ismay] Well, I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.

1st Officer William Murdoch: Women and children only!
Cal Hockley: [Referring to a large amount of money he gave Murdoch as a bribe to allow Hockley to board a lifeboat] Mr. Murdoch, we had a deal!
1st Officer William Murdoch: [Throws the money at Hockley] Your money can't save you any more than it can save me.

A Night to Remember (1958)
Captain Edward J. Smith: [hurrying to the bridge immediately after the collision] What is it?
First Officer William Murdoch: Iceberg sir. I put her hard-a-starboard and reversed the engines, but she was too close.

Engineer: She's making water fast sir. The mail hold's practically full already.
Captain Edward J. Smith: Aren't the pumps working?
First Officer William Murdoch: Yes sir.
Captain Edward J. Smith: [indicates engineer can return to his job] Thank you.
Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall: The engine room says they'll need more. They're rigging them now.
Ismay: This is most unfortunate, Captain.
Captain Edward J. Smith: Yes sir.
Ismay: Do you think the ship is seriously damaged?
Captain Edward J. Smith: I'm afraid she is.
[sees Andrews arrive on the bridge]
Captain Edward J. Smith: Excuse me.
Ismay: [to Murdoch] How long is this likely to delay us?
First Officer William Murdoch: Not long, I expect, sir.
Captain Edward J. Smith: [to Andrews, quietly] We've struck a berg. I think she's badly damaged. I would like to know *how* badly.
Andrews: Right. I'll go down and have a look.

Lookout Frederick Fleet: [spots iceberg, rings warning bell and picks up bridge phone]
Sixth Officer James Moody: [picks up receiver on bridge] What did you see?
Lookout Frederick Fleet: Iceberg. Dead ahead, sir.
Sixth Officer James Moody: [repeats to Murdoch] Iceberg, dead ahead sir.
First Officer William Murdoch: [looks out bridge window, sees the berg and calls into the wheelhouse speaker] Hard-a-starboard.
Hitchens: [repeats order as he turns wheel] Hard-a-starboard, sir.
First Officer William Murdoch: [to Moody] Full-astern both.
Sixth Officer James Moody: [Moody repeats as he pulls the engine-room telegraph handles to full-speed astern] Full-astern both, sir.
First Officer William Murdoch: [looks out window again, then turns to other Seaman on the bridge] Close watertight doors.
Seaman: [repeats order and moves to watertight door control switches] Close watertight doors, sir.
Hitchens: [calls from wheelhouse] Hard-a-starboard it is, sir.

Titanic (1943)
1st Officer Murdoch: What wheater! It it stays calm, we'll be in New York at least a day ahead of schedule.
1st Officer Petersen: Meanwhile the engines are ruined.
1st Officer Murdoch: President Ismay surely knows what he's doing, ordering this speed.
[to the side]
1st Officer Murdoch: Sailor.
1st Officer Petersen: Who's running this ship? Ismay or the captain?
1st Officer Murdoch: The Captian naturally does what the president of the line requests.
1st Officer Petersen: And why does he request such rubbish?

"Titanic" (1996)
Captain Smith: You have broken one of the cardinal rules of safety: never turn your broadside to danger. Had we struck the 'berg head on, only one compartment would have been flooded!
First Officer Murdoch: I thought I could avoid the 'berg altogether, sir.

"Titanic: Part 2 (#1.2)" (1996)
Captain Edward J. Smith: She has taken damage along three hundred feet of her starboard side.
J. Bruce Ismay: Oh my God!
Captain Edward J. Smith: You have broken one of the cardinal rules of safety, never turn your broadside to danger. Had we struck the berg head-on, only one compartment would have been flooded.
First Officer William Murdoch: I thought I could avoid hitting the berg altogether, sir.
Captain Edward J. Smith: And not only did you stop your engines, you reversed them! She would have turned much more quickly the greater her forward motion!
First Officer William Murdoch: Yes, but the watertight doors where closed immediately after impact. The c-compartments behind them where sealed.
Captain Edward J. Smith: These watertight bulkheads go up only to E deck. The weight of the water in the bow will pull her down by the head.
J. Bruce Ismay: This ship can't sink!
Captain Edward J. Smith: The ship has about two hours.
J. Bruce Ismay: The lifeboats, we have lifeboats, we must launch them at once, get everyone off the ship.
Second Officer Charles Lightoller: That won't be entirely possible.
J. Bruce Ismay: Of course it's possible! We must begin immediately.
Captain Edward J. Smith: You may recall that we have precisely the number of lifeboats required by the British Board Of Trade: seats for twelve hundred people.
J. Bruce Ismay: There's over two thousand people aboard this ship.
Captain Edward J. Smith: Two thousand, two hundred and thirty souls.
J. Bruce Ismay: I... cannot allow this.
Captain Edward J. Smith: Mr. Ismay, it was under your directive that we where traveling through an ice field at the arrogant speed of twenty-one knots! I am the master of this vessel and I have been too complacent!