The article is sighed by Tom Murray, the former president of the Fall River Chamber Foundation, the organization that brought the Bounty to Fall River.
Just a thought:
Fall River is in new england, probably 1000 miles or more away from southern Florida, and I don't know when that organization became involved with the Bounty, but most likely some years after Hurricane Andrew. While Mr. Murray may relate and believe the story, he is unlikely to know exactly the real story, only what he was told.
It is not uncommon for people to enhance their credentials and experience. Frequently, we see high level executives that are found out because they made up stories about their experience or schooling. Also, people who claim to be war veterans or heroes that didn't even serve in the military.
The Andrew story just doesn't make sense. Maybe it was out to sea, way, way from the storm, maybe not. And the guy who supposedly was the captain for that voyage was fairly new and relatively inexperienced by his own account. Is that who the owners would trust with their their investment? And three people who have never been on the ship or were not even knowledgeable about sailing would volunteer to go out into the face of a major hurricane...not likely.