William McCarthy was an Able Seaman of the Titanic, from Co Cork, Ireland.
William was born in Cork City, Co Cork, Ireland around 1864. His exact birthday is unknown.
He was the son of Catherine McCarthy, but other details about his early life remain unknown. He came from a Roman Catholic family, and had two known siblings. Both were sisters: May Ellen and Kate. On the 1901 census and the 1911 census, his mother and sisters are reported as living at 9 Grattan Hill, North Cork. William does not appear on either record, and it may be assumed that he was working at sea on the occasion that both censuses were taken. When he signed on to the Titanic at Southampton on April 6th, 1912; he gave his address as 9 Gratton Hill Road, Cork, Ireland. Before he worked on the Titanic, he served as an able seaman on the Castlemoor. His wages were £5 per month.
Sinking of RMS Titanic
McCarthy, 48 years old at the time of the sinking, manned lifeboat 4, and survived the sinking.
A first class passenger, Mrs. Walter Miller Clark (Virginia Estelle Clark), highly praised his conduct aboard Boat No. 4. Following the sinking, McCarthy returned to England aboard the Lapland. He was not called to give evidence at either the US or British Inquiries into the sinking.
It is uncertain what became of William McCarthy following the sinking of the Titanic. He may have continued to work throughout World War One, eventually retiring to his native Cork. Upon his retirement, he may have indulged in the hobby of creating ornamental anchors from wood and shell.
His exact date of death is unknown, but it is believed that he died in the 1930s. He remained unmarried throughout his life.