Crewmember of M/V Maersk Alabama Recounts Initial Day of Pirate Attack
Now read exclusive details of how the crew handled the attack.
Village Voice writer Graham Rayman obtained e-mails from a crewman describing how shipmates took control of the engine and steering rooms.
Here's a sample:
"We kept swinging the rudder side to side," the crewman says. "The pirates' boat capsized ... after about 20 minutes, the engine was killed, I don't know by whom. At that point I shut off the air bottles and Mike [the chief engineer] killed power. He was also able to get outside and trip the fuel shutoff for the EDG [emergency generator]."E-mail shows tense standoff