Corrine Brown

Despite warnings, lost Florida ship steamed into Hurricane Joaquin

MIAMI _ When the cargo ship El Faro left Jacksonville, Fla., for its regular run to Puerto Rico, its owners considered a tropical storm named Joaquin drifting near the Bahamas nothing that the rugged 790-foot vessel and its experienced 33-member crew couldn't handle.tmpplchld The forecast changed as soon as the massive ship set sail but its course _ the shortest, straightest shot across the Atlantic to offload containers _ never did.tmpplchld In the face of increasingly ominous warnings about Hurricane Joaquin from the National Hurricane Center, tracking data shows that the El Faro steered almost directly into the strengthening eye of a major hurricane, a decision that appears...