Arthur Duperrault was a wealthy Wisconsinite who had dreamed of taking his family away from the frigid, American Midwest and moving them to the tropics. He wanted to live a life of sun, sailing, and serenity, and he wanted to give that gift to his family as well.
He had sailed during World War II and after working for a few years, he wanted to just take a year off so he could do just that. Little did he and his family know that their first foray into sailing would prove to be a nightmarish night that would change all their lives forever…
The year was 1961 and Wisconsin-born Arthur Duperrault was looking to fulfill his dream of finally sailing around the tropics. To test the family’s ability to sail and to spend winter someplace warm, the Duperrault family would head to The Bahamas, would head to the Bahamas for a week aboard a chartered yacht. Then, if things worked out well, Arthur would consider extending the vacation indefinitely.