Captain Jack (film)

Captain Jack is a 1999 direct-to-video British comedy film produced by John Goldschmidt and written by Jack Rosenthal. The cast includes Bob Hoskins, Sadie Frost, Gemma Jones, Anna Massey, Peter McDonald, Maureen Lipman and Michele Dotrice. The film was produced by Goldschmidt's own company Viva Films Ltd. and was distributed on video by Koch Vision.


Captain Jack stars Bob Hoskins as a rebellious captain of a small Whitby boat who is determined to flout petty maritime bureaucracy. Officials declare his boat unsafe for a planned voyage to the Arctic, but Jack is determined to set sail and to place a plaque there in commemoration of his seafaring hero. With his motley crew, Captain Jack succeeds in making his voyage despite an international search for his boat by maritime authorities.


The film is based on a true life incident involving a Whitby man, Jack Lammiman, who declared that his ship was totally seaworthy but was being hampered from sailing by maritime rules.[1] As in the film, he slipped out of the harbour unseen in 1991. 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 plaque on Jan Mayen Island to honour Whitby whaling Captain, William Scoresby (see, William Scoresby his son). During the voyage he succeeded in evading an international search by the naval authorities using a number of techniques which including painting his boat a different colour. Lammiman arrived back at his home port of Whitby to a hero’s welcome, a court appearance, a fine and eventually (after non-payment of his fine) four days in jail.[2]


  1. ^ Liptrot, Kate (14 April 2015). "Whitby's arctic adventurer Jack Lammiman dies, aged 75". Whitby Gazette. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. ^ Dunn, Peter (3 April 1993). "Jack's big trip: Two summers ago the Helga Maria and her motley crew set sail for the Arctic Circle. What started as a romantic mission ended in mutiny, prison, and million-pound movie deals struck in Whitby hotel rooms". The Independent. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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