Dr Diesel missing, feared dead

Published: 30 September 1913

Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the Diesel oil engine, went missing early this morning or late last night, as he crossed by sea from Antwerp to Harwich. Diesel had been travelling to London to attend the shareholders' meeting of the Consolidated Diesel Engine Company. It appears that Dr Diesel had retired to bed at around 10pm, but he was known to suffer from insomnia. It has been suggested that he may have awoken in the night, walked out onto the deck and fallen overboard.

His disappearance was only discovered this morning morning when the boat docked in Harwich and he could not be found. Diesel was born in 1858 in Paris and trained as an engineer in Munich. He worked for years designing his engine, perfecting the compression ignition engine in 1893 and finally the internal combustion engine in 1898. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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