Mike Stammers, former Keeper of Merseyside Maritime Museum, passed away on 30 January 2013 following a battle with cancer. Mike retired in 2003 and had been Keeper for almost 20 years. He was a much loved and respected member of staff and everyone at the museum was saddened to hear of his passing. 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."