@CreamFilling512: I still think that technology failed him (unless he ignored it), if you spot a lighthouse you know there is imminent danger thus steer away. That is unless he overrode the safety devices.
If so, then his bosses are to blame. Since he is "showing off" this has the net result of getting more customers excited about using the service. He should have been reprimanded the first time he showboated, the fact that this did not happen means the newspapers are trying to vilify someone in order to sell papers but the fault lies elsewhere. In a murder investigation, culpable Confederates are always sought, this tragedy is the fault of more than 1 person, including the vice-captain and all their management.
Well, apparently, his bosses had no idea he was showing off. The ship had been given permission to sail close to the island in the summer, which the ship's owners had to request. The other times he did it, was off his own back.
I take it ships don't have any way of logging the course they actually took as opposed to the one they were supposed to take?