One of the news that has been making the most headlines in recent days is the disappearance of a company submarine Ocean Gatewhose objective was to transport tourists to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the remains of the Titanic, the most famous ocean liner in history.

As the hours pass and the submersible remains unlocated, more information about its passengers comes to light. Among the five people found locked inside is Stockton Rush, an executive at Ocean Gate and pilot of the missing ship.

As reported The New York TimesRush’s wife, Wendy, is nothing more and nothing less than the direct descendant of a famous passenger couple who died in the sinking of the Titanic, that night between April 14 and 15, 1912.

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Is about Isidor and Ida Straus, a couple who crossed from Europe to the United States on the ship’s maiden voyage. Mr. Straus was a textile magnate, and one of the richest people on board the liner. Born in 1845, he was part owner of Macy’s department store.

The tragic story of the Strauss came to the big screen thanks to James Cameron, who winked at marriage in one of the best-known scenes in the film. When the fatal outcome of the Titanic is about to occur, we see several passengers in the cabins accepting their fate. Among others, an elderly couple appears lying on the bed and, under them, a stream of water that is flooding the compartment.

But, Why do we know that this mythical scene is inspired by the Strauss?

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As explained by the NYT, Rush’s ancestors were remembered, in the past, by some survivors of the shipwreck. Some of those rescued claimed to have seen Isidor Straus refuse to board the lifeboat, because there were still women and children to board. According to these statements, her wife, Ida, decided to stay with her husband. Both were last seen standing, arm in arm, on the deck of the Titanic.

The remains of Mr. Straus were found on the surface of the Atlantic days after the tragedy. His wife, Ida, could not be located.

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Mrs Rush descends from one of the daughters of the Straus marriage, Minniewho married Dr. Richard Weil in 1905. Weil’s grandson, Richard Weil III, is Wendy’s father, as confirmed by Joan Adler, CEO of the Straus Historical Society.

As he shares on his own page LinkedIn, Mrs. Rush has made the same expedition to the depths of the Ocean 3 times in the last two years. In addition, she is the director of communications for Ocean Gate and, for years, a board member of the company’s charitable foundation.

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Manuel is an expert in film, series and television. Specialized in film criticism, he arrived at Fotogramas in 2022, where he covers the news of the national and international industry on a daily basis.

From a very young age, cinema and theater were his passion. Imagining stories, seeing them and reading them ended up becoming his vocation. For this reason, he moved from his hometown, Oviedo, to Madrid in 2015 to study Audiovisual Communication at the Carlos III University of Madrid and Interpretation at the Corazza Studio for the Actor. A few years later, after finishing both studies, he completed the Master’s Degree in Film Criticism at ECAM. Shortly after obtaining his diploma, imagining a future in which acting and writing could coexist in his daily life, he arrived at the Fotogramas newsroom, where he has dedicated himself fully to creating content that he is most passionate about. . (‘Harry Potter’ is his downfall and any occasion is a good one to reflect and inquire about his exciting universe).

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