Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale

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High-seas drama

From what began as a research project on family history, former NBC News correspondent Robin Lloyd has crafted a rousing sea tale set on the North Atlantic in the 1800s.

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“Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale” (Sheridan House, 376 pages, $16.95 on Amazon) is a novel based on Lloyd’s ancestor Capt. Elisha Ely Morgan. Opening with a British raiding party torching American boats during the War of 1812, the story takes readers aboard a square-rigger and into pirate skirmishes, gales, mutiny, human trafficking and other high-seas drama as Morgan attempts to find his vanished brother. The farm boy-turned sailor has doubts about his life choice at one point, stating: “A life at sea can only lead to tragic loss, pain and suffering.”

December 2013 issue