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Saturday, January 24, 1998 Published at 09:48 GMT



UK

Nephew angered by tarnishing of Titanic hero
image: [ More than 1,600 people died when the liner sank ]
More than 1,600 people died when the liner sank

The world's most expensive movie - Titanic - has opened at cinemas across Britain, with no expense being spared on the set, costumes and stunning visual effects.


[ image: William Murdoch remembered as hero in home town]
William Murdoch remembered as hero in home town
But the blockbuster has been criticised by a descendant of a Scottish seaman portrayed committing suicide in the film.

Titanic First Officer William Murdoch was one of more than 1,600 people who died when the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic in 1912.

William Murdoch is remembered as a hero in his home town of Dalbeattie, but his nephew, Scott, is concerned that the film will tarnish his reputation.


[ image: Scott Murdoch is defending his uncle's reputation]
Scott Murdoch is defending his uncle's reputation
"From my own family connections and also from my father having spoken to various officers who survived _ he didn't commit suicide.

"If someone says to you somebody in the family committed suicide when he hadn't, you take objection."

But Eleanor Schuman, now in her 80s, is more impressed by the movie. As a 16-month-old toddler, she was one of the 752 passengers who survived when the Titanic hit the iceberg.

Mrs Schuman, who has seen the film at special screenings, said: "I kept saying to myself, 'I was there', but it is hard to pin it to those things mum told me about.

"I've seen it twice and I thought it was wonderful."


 





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