Nightmare on the Scottie: The Maiden Voyage of a Doomed King Crabber

by Stephen Orsini BA ’70

Stephen Orsini BA ’70 recounts his real-life voyage with L&C classmate Ross Fearey BS ’70, JD ’76, when both were college seniors, aboard the Scottie. Dreaming of a tropical cruise, they signed on as part of a small crew delivering a boat to Seattle via the Panama Canal. “What could possibly go wrong?” they reasoned. With an inept, hard-partying captain and faulty mechanics, Scottie sailed into a massive Caribbean storm. They barely escaped the nightmare with their lives—and one outrageous, thrilling sea story. Washington State University Press/Basalt Books, 2022. 158 pages.