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Tragedy's Wake
Photograph by Victor José Cobo

In a matter of seconds a routine maneuver turned fatal in October 2001, when the Westcott capsized and sank while approaching a tanker. The Coast Guard concluded that Capt. Cathy Nasiatka approached the tanker too far astern and got caught in the ship's turbulent draft, but that has been a matter of dispute. Nasiatka and deckhand Dave Lewis drowned in the accident. The Westcott was retrieved and restored, but now every voyage carries a heavy load: the memory of friends lost in tragedy.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6 Range-finder
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 35mm f/2
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/2

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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