Robert Phillips Reveals Near-Death Experience in New Book

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Terrible storm and two failed engines set scene for “The Circlip”.

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It was a dramatic and unique experience, writes Phillips, one that has remained a mystery over the last 50 years.

When Robert Phillips came to Scotland, he joined the merchant navy and set sail. Now he tells the story of his terrifying near-death experience on the high seas in “The Circlip: A True Story” (published by AuthorHouse).

Sailing through the winter seas around the western islands of Scotland, near the Isle of Islay and the Whisky Islands, a mailboat, Lochiel, and its crew of 32 men are caught up in a North Atlantic storm. Without warning, both engines fail. The five men in the engine room are mercilessly tossed around as the boat is rocked by the rough waters. As the boat begins to drift toward jagged rocks, all seems lost. It will take the miraculous finding of a circlip, a ring no bigger than a wedding ring, to save the crew.

An excerpt from “The Circlip”:

“‘The captain decided to make the hazardous journey from the bridge to the engine room. ‘Chief,’ he shouted. ‘The anchors are not holding. In about twenty minutes we will be dashed on to the rocks.’”

“It was a dramatic and unique experience,” writes Phillips, “one that has remained a mystery over the last 50 years.”

“The Circlip”
By Robert G. Phillips
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 48 pages | ISBN 9781481769570
E-Book | 48 pages | ISBN 9781481769587
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Phillips was born in India in 1932. He came to the United Kingdom in 1954 and joined the merchant navy. He enjoyed a broad-based engineering career. For the last 14 years of his career, he worked for the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland teaching undergraduates the practical side of engineering. He has previously published “Smile and Deliver”.

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