Brian, 14, Terry Jo, 11, and Renee, 7, all boarded on the small ship with their excited parents. The boat was the 60-foot Bluebelle, leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to head down to the Bahamas! It was a vacation they all needed, especially to get out of Wisconsin!
On this map, you can see where the family planned to go to. It was a normal route, taken many times by the Bluebelle. Captain Julian Harvey manned the ship, with his wife Mary Dene coming along as well.