The Wreck of the Kulluk

In Deca Originals

On December 30, 2012, a tugboat engineer named Craig Matthews threw a grappling hook and caught a runaway drill rig in the middle of a severe storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Late on New Year’s Eve, he was ordered to save his own life and that of his tug’s crew by cutting it loose. The rig’s name was the Kulluk. It belonged to Royal Dutch Shell. Designed for the Arctic, it was the biggest piece in the biggest oil play by what in 2012 was the world’s biggest company, and it was about . . .






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McKenzie Funk
National Magazine Award finalist McKenzie Funk is a founding member of Deca and the author of Windfall, named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon and the winner of a 2015 PEN Literary Award. Mac's writing appears in Harper's, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, and The New York Times Magazine. An Open Society Fellow, he speaks five languages and is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he lives with his wife and sons.