BINTANG TIMOR Surabaya – Wednesday Edition, May 2, 1866


The Explosion of The Missouri Ship

There has been no clear news regarding the explosions of the Missouri and Miami steamships. Substitute news from reliable sources inform that the explosion of the Missouri ship was due to the fault of its own captain, Captain Hund who was engaged in a bet with the other captains to see which of their steamships, the Silver Moon, and the Dictator, has the fastest speed. Wanting to win the bet, Captain Hund made his steamship emitted more steam than its normal limit. The excessive heat has caused the ship to explode in the middle of the sea and killed many of its passengers. The captain and several other passengers survived. Many hope that the captain will be brought to justice for his reckless action.

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