Broken Ship

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October 2013

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Broken Ship

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This is a story of a ship, its crew and the sea. It is about an old ship, a makeshift crew of men and woman, and a voyage. It was meant to be a simple ship delivery job, take the ship across the Atlantic and then home, but none of those on board could imagine what was waiting on their journey.

The men and women on board found themselves on a wave of disaster that drew them into love and betrayal, ports and mayhem, death and heartbreak, and a hurricane called Thomas. Somehow in this was the discovery of the human spirit and desire for survival.

But above all else it is about the sea that deludes and fascinates, that continues to call and beckon us but always waits for that one fatal mistake.


This is a novel, but it is about the real sea and not the illusions. About the real men and women who sail the ships, those who return home, and those who do not.



Crew List

Part One – America: Trails and Tribulations

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Part Two – Jamaica: Rum, Drugs and Guns

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Part Three – The Atlantic: Storm, Blood and Chaos

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Part Four – Western Approaches: Homeward Bound, Rewards and Surprises

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36


Michael started his career on the training ship HMS Conway and went to sea as a Cadet with P&O.

He was promoted to master on a deep sea tow vessel at the age of 32. He then commanded a wide variety of ships including general cargo, passenger, reefer, heavy lift, container, bulk carriers, anchor handlers, supply vessels, response and rescue vessels in the north sea, oil field support vessels in Nigeria, middle trade multi-purpose vessels in the Black Sea and Baltic.

Michael served 35 years in the Royal Naval Reserve and for 10 years he represented shipmasters on the Council of Numast. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Michael retired from the sea in March 2007 after 50 years seagoing and 35 years in command. He now works with Witherby Seamanship International as a Senior Advisor and Technical Author.

Title: Broken Ship
Number of Pages: 398
Product Code: WS1422K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-520-4 (9781856095204), ISBN 10: 1-85609-520-7 (1856095207)
Published Date: October 2013
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 180 mm
Book Width: 110 mm
Book Spine: 20 mm
Weight: 0.10 kg
Author: Michael Lloyd

Customer Reviews

Broken Ship Review by PH 7 August 2014
(Posted on 20/03/2015)
Broken Ship Review by JP 13 march 2014
As an 'Old Conway' 54-55 I am proud to recommend the 'Broken Ship' to anyone who wants a story you can't put down written by a genuine sea-faring guy who REALLY knows his stuff. (Posted on 20/03/2015)
Broken Ship Review by GS 18 May 2014
If you are a seafarer this is a must read. Many items that seafarers can relate to are covered, including stubborn 'set in their ways' captains. Overall a definite 5 stars (Posted on 20/03/2015)
Broken Ship Review by N 13 September 2014
What a fantastic plot that weaves its way throughout the story and just when you think you know the outcome another twist is introduced (Posted on 20/03/2015)
Broken Ship Review by P 31 July 2014
One of the best sea stories I have ever read, not too technical but written by an author who clearly understands the sea and ships. I would compare this book very favourably with the best of John Grisham's novels with as much reality unexpected twists and a great ending. Please get it printed in hard copy, this has got to be a novel to be enjoyed by all. (Posted on 20/03/2015)
A second novel to recount the exploits of Captain Harry Andrews Review by Nautilus Telegraph
This is Nautilus Council member Michael Lloyd’s third fiction book, following in the footsteps of an impressive collection of nine non-fiction maritime guides. And it is his second novel to recount the exploits of Captain Harry Andrews, fresh from his adventures in the Congo, which were told in Devil’s Cauldron.
This story follows Capt Andrews and the small crew of a 20-year-old Mexican Gulf offshore supply vessel, sailing across the Atlantic to the UK to be re-fitted for service in the North Sea. And the keen-eyed seafarers among you will already be able to see the potential for problems with that!
The journey starts as it means to continue, with a voyage down a waterway near the Mississippi which the crew have to navigate using only a road map. This is probably the only time when the inevitable doesn’t happen and everything goes smoothly. However, the problems start to come thick and fast as the Rudd Spirit enters the Gulf of Mexico, bound for the Atlantic. A spoiler alert: some of the suspense is lost by the map at the very beginning which shows you the position of some of these forthcoming incidents.
Although there are occasions where the narrative drifts into rhetoric about the state of the maritime industry today, it doesn’t detract from the flow of the novel, which moves along at a fair pace and will probably have seafarers nodding along in agreement.
Some of the characters seem to be straight out of maritime central casting. There’s the firm-but-fair captain who’s been there and seen it all; his long-time friend and first mate who works hard and plays hard; there’s an innocent female second officer who has to be the best in order to be as good as the men; a drunken chief engineer who puts everyone at risk with his addiction; and a ‘means-well but lacks experience’ superintendent who tries his best but often falls short.
Will Capt Andrews be able to sail the Rudd Spirit all the way across the Atlantic in one piece, or will Hurricane Thomas stop them? Will ‘Delilah’ be a better cook than Andre? And how many times will the engine cut out along the way? Board the Broken Ship and find out…
(Posted on 23/05/2014)
The third novel of Michael's trilogy. Review by The Cadet
The third novel of Michael’s trilogy brings back the characters that made his first narrative Devil’s Cauldron such a successful debut into the world of nautical fiction.
What is so inspiring about his writing is that the author combines a fast-moving 400-page story, touching on the world of fantasy and fiction, with a large element of truth.
The general public and those unconnected with the world of commercial shipping think that regulation and modern technical advances have made the maritime world a safe and perfect scene. As Michael makes clear and dramatizes, this concept is very much the opposite. Seafarers who continually fight for their living know that the sea is unforgiving, that many areas of the world are dangerous and corrupt, and people do silly things in the name of pleasure without a thought for those who might have to save them. There are still many clapped-out ships sailing around with various unscrupulous owners.
Harry the Master has already shown his mettle in Devil’s Cauldron, with the 1st Mate Sandy coming to his aid as an able assistant. Most Masters would wish for a Sandy on their ship. Sadly today, totally inexperienced officers make up the majority of a ship’s complement.
Broken Ship draws a number of females into the story. Carole, from Michael’s first novel, surfaces as Harry’s partner; Wendy, the most professional 2nd Mate, learns that there is another side to commercial shipping; Honey from Jamaica finds the soft side of 1st Mate Sandy.
On their own, the many experiences related would be enough for any Captain in real life, but this is a fast-moving novel to which Michael brings all his years of vast experience, to mesh into a terrific story. Those of us who have been through a Tropical revolving Storm (TRS), to give a Hurricane its true name, will say “Never again” and “Thank God I lived to tell the tale”. A winter’s night ashore in bed with the wind howling, or listening to the BBC Shipping Forecast of Hurricane force winds, bring back nightmare visions which are vividly portrayed in Michael’s book.
A simple delivery job across the Atlantic turns into a near disaster. An absorbing read of mayhem, betrayal and heartbreak. So well written, this is a real page turner that will have you gripped from start to finish, Michael Lloyd’s third novel has certainly cemented him into the world of nautical fiction. What will his next work bring us all?
(Posted on 05/03/2014)
this follow up novel does not disappoint Review by Review 'Sea Breezes' February 2014
A former cadet on HMS Conway, the author, Michael Lloyd, spent a lifetime at sea on a wide variety of ships from passenger ships, Ice Class vessels to Search and Rescue ships. A Royal Naval Reserve Officer for 35 years, he served on a wide variety of warships.

His first novel, Devil’s Cauldron, proved to be very popular with Sea Breezes readers and this follow up novel does not disappoint. It is a story of a ship and its makeshift crew of men and women.

A simple delivery job that should take the ship across the Atlantic and back home soon turns into disaster. What follows is an absorbing read of mayhem, betrayal, love and heartbreak. Superbly written, it’s a real page-turner and will have you gripped from the first page. (Posted on 13/02/2014)
Pure Nautical Story to activate imagination Review by Nikolaos Chalaris
Captain Lloyd is back again with the sequel of DEVILS CAULDRON, on a breath taking adventure again. Almost same Team, similar ship and movie style scenario, create a one reading story. The BROKEN SHIP will fascinate seamen and remind them of so many challenges that each one once in a life time faced. The unique in this story is that it all happened in one trip, and this makes it so fascinating. The story may be read by non seamen on same ease, as terimnology and flow of events may be understood by all.
Captain Lloyd once again overtook himself and provided us with a Pure Nautical Story on nowdays. He deserves the title of the Nautical Story Writter of our days. (Posted on 08/01/2014)

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