The crew members cheered when the 19-year-old cadet - the only woman on the ship - walked into the cigarette-smoke-filled stateroom. Drink with us, she recalled them saying, and you can have tomorrow off work.
The cadet, a midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, became intoxicated. Two engineers brought her to her room, then put her into the shower while clothed, trying to sober her up. After one engineer left, the cadet recalled, she remembers being naked in the shower and being sexually assaulted by the other engineer.