I have been working on ships for 35 years and watched parts of the video.
Regardless of what the Headlined Excerpt says about chasing hurricanes (probably taken out of context), this man was competent.
Listen to the list of ports and oceans this ship has sailed in and the only way you get there is by sailing thousands of miles through unpredictable waters and clearly this sea Captain has done so dozens of times.
A typical person would say that crossing oceans is dangerous however it is when you get close to land that the biggest dangers exist e.g. running aground, collisions in heavy traffic. The most stressful part of any voyage is arriving to an unknown port and having to navigate safely from the sea to the port.
While it is debatable whether the ship should have set sail from port into the storm, we aren't in his shoes nor have all the details of what brought about the sinking of the vessel which obviously didn't roll over, break apart or do the things that one would expect being caused from a big storm perhaps being driven by too much sail aloft. It only takes a hull leak that exceeds the pumping capacity of the installed machinery and on a wooden hull vessel, there are most always leaks.
A failure of electrical equipment perhaps by human error e.g. leaving a porthole, vent open or not checking the oil or fuel, could have led to a blackout and inability to pump bilges. This can happen in dead calm flat water as easily as in a storm.
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