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Rough Passage to London by Robin Lloyd

Rough Passage to London

by Robin Lloyd

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Lyme, Connecticut, early nineteenth century. Elisha Ely Morgan is a young farm boy who has witnessed firsthand the terror of the War of 1812. Troubled by a tumultuous home life ruled by the fists of their tempestuous father, Ely's two older brothers have both left their pastoral boyhoods to seek manhood through sailing. One afternoon, the Morgan family receives a letter with the news that one brother is lost at sea; the other is believed to be dead. Scrimping as much savings as a farm boy can muster, Ely spends nearly every penny he has to become a sailor on a square-rigged ship, on a route from New York to Londone"a route he hopes will lead to his vanished brother, Abraham. Learning the brutal trade of a sailor, Ely takes quickly to sea-life, but his focus lies with finding Abraham. Following a series of cryptic clues regarding his brother's fate, Ely becomes entrenched in a mystery deeper than he can imagine. As he feels himself drawing closer to an answer, Ely climbs the ranks to become a captain, experiences romance, faces a mutiny, meets Queen Victoria, and befriends historical legends such as Charles Dickens in his raucous quest.… (more)



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Robin Lloyd has written a "Sea Tale" that is intense, intriguing, captivating, and full of suspense, mystery and adventure. The Genres for this story are a combination of Historical Fiction and Fiction, that are woven through both the author's research and imagination. The author bases the main character Captain Morgan, actually Elisha Ely Morgan a relative in his family.

Elisha is a young boy and is with his brother around the War of 1812. While the two boys are investigating their property, they witness the British blow up American ships. They escape. Elisha's father is a mean tempered man who bullies and beats him. Elisha leaves home after a letter arrives that two of his brothers who left home have met with tragedy. One brother is dead, and the other is either missing or dead. Elisha makes his mind up to find his missing brother. This mystery, adventure and chase takes much of his life.

Elisha sails off the rough seas and finds himself working hard as a sailor. He works hard, and gets a higher rank. He finds himself on large sailing ships going between America and England. As the years pass, the reader sees the dangerous path that Elisha has taken. There are hurricanes, and storms at sea, mutiny, war, pirates, drugs and slave trade.

I would recommend this book for those readers that enjoy the chase, adventure, mystery and danger. ( )
  teachlz | Oct 11, 2018 |
3.5 Stars ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Historical fiction based on Elisha Ely Morgan who commanded packet ships sailing between America and England in the 1800s.

An ok nautical read which seemed to jump around too quickly to really care what was going on. It was too annoying to get interested in the actions then have history leap forward five years and the thread dropped. Characters were sterotypical 'evil British' or acted in a manner which seemed very unlikely and continuously took me out of the narrative. This is not a book I would readily recommend to anyone unless they had specific interest in the captain himself. ( )
  taisiia | Feb 2, 2014 |
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This book, based on a true story, relates the tale of Elisha Ely Morgan, who began his life as a young farm boy and eventually became a very successful sea captain during the 1800s. As a young boy he wanted to leave the farm and venture out onto the sea, but it was finally the mysterious disappearance of one of his beloved older brothers (in conjunction with an increasingly difficult relationship with his father) that encouraged him out onto the open ocean. Once there, he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a captain of his own ship in his early twenties, and expanding his stock and leadership role in the ship's firm soon after.

What initially began as a story of his life on the seas attempting to find his brother transformed into an intricately woven tale about Ely's many adventures, from his time on the lowest rung of a ship, to his advent as captain, to the meeting of his wife and his many well-known friends, to the birth of his children.

This book was amazingly interesting to read. I've read novelizations of people's lives before, but this was particularly enthralling because I had never heard of the protagonist before; every twist and turn was brand new information to me.

That being said, I wish that I had known a bit more about the mechanics of a boat, specifically the large sailboats that were used for these purposes in the 1800s. Sometimes I felt a little lost by the technical jargon. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, especially the ending. Likewise, the author's note was incredibly thorough and thoughtful, which I appreciated as a history nerd. The author is actually a descendant of the protagonist in the book, so he related in the Author's Note how he went about searching and the importance of the research to himself.

While I was riveted by the story, I was often taken out of it by some pretty intense dangling modifier problems ( )
  jordan.lusink | Jan 19, 2014 |
A fun fictionalized account pulling together various threads of the documented history of Mr. Lloyd's illustrious ancestor, Capt. Elisha Morgan. I found it interesting to see how a life could span from the late days of the revolution and the 2d War of Independence up into the Civil War. Mr. Lloyd does an excellent job of adding color and real life to the changes that to this modern set of eyes seem less dramatic than they must have to those living through them. One of the more interesting bits, was the exploration of the dynamic between the UK and the US and how that shifted over time.

(2014 Review #2)
  bohannon | Jan 18, 2014 |
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