Trying to hide its money from lawsuits, Windjammer let its fleet deteriorate as the Burke family experienced death, illness, and business troubles. A stroke left Mike Burke disabled. One son died of a drug overdose. Brothers and sisters fought for control. And in July 2009, Captain Burke's Miami Beach "castle" burned to the ground, and his youngest son, Joseph Conrad Burke, who'd tried to keep the company afloat, died in his sleep.