When Mike’s ship returned to Liverpool, everyone’s name was taken, in case they were called to the enquiry that was being set up to investigate the galley boys’ death. As Michael states, “thankfully he was not called”. Strangely, the vessel itself was soon scrapped, so her last voyage was a tragic one. This incident sullied things a bit for Michael, and he did not return to sea for a month or two. He next took a short trip on a coaster, and a couple of months later, he was ashore as his father had been taken ill, and died soon afterwards. After five years at sea, Michael decided to join the army, which he had wanted to do for a long time. He was six years in the army, doing three stints in Northern Ireland. After leaving the army, Michael and his wife Shirley, went to live in Anglesey where he has run a successful building business with his son.