Tributes sail in for Whitby’s Jack Lammiman

Whitby, 31st may 1991''A whitby skipper is counting the days to an ambitious expedition sailing in the wake of one of Yorkshire's most famous sons.''Two hundred years on from Arctic voyages of discovery by Captain William Scoresby another fleet of vessels will be setting sail from Whitby for the Northern waters.''Skipper Jack Lammiman, of Windsor Terrace, Whitby, is heading the crew on the Helga Maria, a 62 year old two master schooner.''They will be joined by two Danish ketches, the Maren and the Jorgensen Smed.''The voyage is the realisation of Lammiman's dream to attempt to sail into Scoresby Sound - the world's biggest fjord in Greenland.''Maritime rules hampered the expedition despite Lammiman declaring that his ship was totally seaworthy.''Lammiman slipped out of Whitby harbour unseen in 1992. His crew included a vicar, a lady pensioner and 62-year-old Royal Navy veteran named Hugh Taff Roberts. Lammiman successfully sailed his ship, Helga Maria, to the Arctic and fulfilled his wish to place a memorial
Whitby, 31st may 1991''A whitby skipper is counting the days to an ambitious expedition sailing in the wake of one of Yorkshire's most famous sons.''Two hundred years on from Arctic voyages of discovery by Captain William Scoresby another fleet of vessels will be setting sail from Whitby for the Northern waters.''Skipper Jack Lammiman, of Windsor Terrace, Whitby, is heading the crew on the Helga Maria, a 62 year old two master schooner.''They will be joined by two Danish ketches, the Maren and the Jorgensen Smed.''The voyage is the realisation of Lammiman's dream to attempt to sail into Scoresby Sound - the world's biggest fjord in Greenland.''Maritime rules hampered the expedition despite Lammiman declaring that his ship was totally seaworthy.''Lammiman slipped out of Whitby harbour unseen in 1992. His crew included a vicar, a lady pensioner and 62-year-old Royal Navy veteran named Hugh Taff Roberts. Lammiman successfully sailed his ship, Helga Maria, to the Arctic and fulfilled his wish to place a memorial

A popular Whitby seafarer who loosely inspired a film starring Bob Hoskins and Sadie Frost has died.

Jack Lammiman made an epic voyage to the Arctic on his Danish boat the Helga Maria in 1991, defying the authorities and landing himself in hot water.

But his antics were the inspiration for the film Captain Jack, which was partly filmed in Whitby in 1997 with Academy award-winning actor Hoskins playing him. The film attracted a galaxy of star names to the town including Maureen Lipman and Gemma Jones.

The late Hoskins, interviewed by the Gazette during a break from filming along Church Street, said he was “very impressed” by Jack and described him as “an extraordinary fellow.”

Lammiman, whose exploits also took him to Greenland, Tenerife and the USA, is said to have died at home on Wednesday night aged 74.

Tributes flooded in on social media site Facebook.

“RIP Jack - a real gentleman,” said Linda Hill, while Steven Maher commented: “A great man, loved Sea Cadets when he was in charge.”

His funeral is at St Ninian’s Church, Whitby, a week on Sunday (Apr 19).