William Murdoch (d. 1912): First Officer (that is, third in command) on the Titanic. He was in charge on the bridge when the ship hit the iceberg. Thereafter, he was in charge of the lifeboat evacuation on one side of the ship. Unlike Second Officer Lightoller, who was responsible for lowering the boats on the other side, he would allow men on the boats if no women and children were present to fill all the available seats. Thus it was Murdoch who saved the lives of almost all male passengers who survived the wreck. Murdoch himself was lost with the ship.