William H. Merritt wasn’t just a sea captain, he was also a war veteran. He had served in World War I and had even received a medal for his bravery. The hero had saved his entire crew when his ship, the five-masted schooner ship Dorothy B. Barrett was struck by the enemy. It was sunk by a German submarine, but Merrit had managed to save his whole team, including his son and first mate, Sewall Merritt.
However, troubled continued to brew…