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LLOYD, Robin. Rough Passage to London : A Sea Captain's Tale, A Novel. (Lanham, Maryland) : Sheridan House, (2013). Uncorrected Page Proofs. Pp (6),vii,(3),3-334., 8vo, art-illustrated white card covers, black lettering to spine.
"April 7, 1814. Dawn. Coastal Connecticut. Brothers Elisha Ely Morgan and Abraham Morgan, respectively eight and thirteen years old, witness a British redcoat raiding party torch defenseless American ships toward the end of the War of 1812. The boys are spotted and chased in their rowboat, with execution the likely outcome. Suddenly the sun crests over the horizon, temporarily blinding their pursuers and giving them the instant they need to escape.
Eight years later, Ely boards a sailing ship in the port of Lyme. He is sixteen and intent on two things: to answer the ancient, mysterious call of the ocean by becoming a seaman, and to find out what happened to his brother, Abraham — who vanished on a South America-bound ship six years earlier.
Thus begins the incredible journey narrated in Rough Passage to London, to be published in October. Former NBC News Foreign Correspondent Lloyd is more than just knowledgeable about 19th Century maritime history — he is a direct descendant of the real Captain Ely Morgan, who made over one hundred voyages across the Atlantic, gaining fame and renown on both sides of the ocean. Morgan entertained everyone from the painter J.M.W. Turner to William Thackeray to Queen Victoria on board his ship. He was admired from high society to sailors’ taverns, and his close friends included Charles Dickens, whose story “A Message From The Sea” drew inspiration from Morgan’s character and experiences." (from the back cover).
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