Early on the morning of Oct. 20, 1992,
the tanker Kenai veered out of the shipping lane toward Middle Rock,
the Valdez Arm's best-known hazard. As Coast Guard watchmen stared nervously at their
screens, the escort tug on duty nosed into the side of the tanker.
Finally, the Kenai's crew realized the problem was with their steering indicator,
not the steering itself.
They got the tanker pointed back toward the sea.