TRIBUTES were today paid to Mike Stammers, the first head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, who died last week.
Mr Stammers died last Wednesday (30 Jan) and his funeral will be held tomorrow (Thurs 7 Feb) at 2.45pm, at Saint Helen's Church, Lunt Road, Sefton.
He was curator emeritus of Maritime History at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, after he retired as its founding keeper in August 2003 – a post he held for nearly 20 years.
Author of many books and articles on sailing ships and wooden boats, he wrote definitive works on local vessels like the Mersey flats.
He was also the honorary curator of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club and helped to edit Maritime Wales and the Falklands Islands Journal.
In 2003 he won the British Maritime Foundation’s Desmond Wettern Award. This recognised his outstanding writing, broadcasting and curatorial skills, culminating in his contribution to the Battle of the Atlantic 60th anniversary commemoration.
David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “Mike Stammers was a terrific maritime historian of true international stature.
“Even after his retirement he stayed close to National Museums Liverpool, as our emeritus keeper of Maritime History, an honour held by only a handful of people. He will be much missed by his friends and colleagues at NML.”
Dan Cross, Daniel Adamson Preservation Society chairman, said: “I knew Mike for 20 years and his death will leave a massive void in the maritime heritage world.
“Daniel Adamson, the UK’s last steam tug tender, was only saved from scrap in February 2004 because Mike used his contacts at Mersey Docks to find us a free berth. I hope the restored ship will, in a sense, become a memorial to him.”