Farquharson went to sea at the age of 22 years initially with Johnson & Co. Ltd and then
aboard ships owned by John Markwood of Liverpool. He joined the White Star line in 1900 as
Assistant Second Engineer aboard the Teutonic later transferring to the Seuvic on which he
served for over three years before moving to the Majestic as Junior Second Engineer. Later he
held the rank of Senior Second Engineer aboard the Teutonic and the Oceanic.
He "stood-by" the Titanic during the latter stages of her construction and died when she was
lost at sea.
W. E. Farquharson lived at 90 Wilton Avenue, Southampton and left a widow (Martha) and
three children. His estate was valued at £428 7s.