Letter from May Louise McMurray to her father William McMurray, crew member Titanic
The letter was written by May Louise McMurray, then a young child, to her father, William McMurray, first class bedroom steward on the Titanic. The vessel had already left Southampton, so the letter was returned to the family. William McMurray, born in Birkenhead, was 43 years old at the time of the voyage and did not survive the sinking.
The letter was donated to the Maritime Archives & Library, National Museums Liverpool, in 1989 by May Louise McMurray’s daughter.
The original is not produced in the Maritime Archives and Library Searchroom, a transcript is available below.
Information about the McMurray family is available in the book Titanic and Liverpool by Alan Scarth, MAL library reference 340.TIT.SCA.
The copyright of the letter rests with the McMurray family.
Transcription of letter:
60 Empress Road
It seems ages since I last seen you. I wish we where in Southampton with you it is very lonely without you Dear Father I have not been so very well I have had a a [sic] bad throat hoping I will soon get better for Mana worries so much little Ernie as not been so well but he as got better now hoping you are keeping well dada so ta love from Ivy and and [sic] Ernie thank dada for the presents love from all dada hoping to see you soon with love from Ivy and May and Ernie xxxxxxxxxx kisses for dada x
Dada this is my first letter