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).