If I remember Martyn it is when as director of the Liverpool Maritime Museum he stood in the rain with Shanty crew as on the opening day we sang the Museum open. From then onwards we were periodically in touch always with a maritime vent when he joked he was keeping a low profile.
What a great shock and huge sadness to hear of Martyn's sudden passing. He was such a great friend to our ship MV Balmoral and many of our wonderful supporters.
He gave us much encouragement and advice which helped us buy the vessel and return her to sailing last year.
It was only a few short weeks ago that our Chairman Alec Lewis and myself had the very great pleasure to attend the NHS Awards on HMQ Wellington in London, to receive our Flagship of the Year Award at a splendid ceremony handled with aplomb as ever by Martyn.
He was going to come and see us on-board in Bristol soon, but sadly that will now never happen.
We (as will many others) miss him and send our sincere condolences from all involved with Balmoral to especially his family but also his colleagues at NHS who have taken his loss so badly and of course miss him terribly.
We remember Martyn very lovingly as being a passionate and compassionate man. He was hugely supportive with our company The Outdoor Guide and we will greatly miss his humour and candour. Julia & Gina Bradbury
I have had the pleasure of working with Martyn for many years, for the National Museum of the Royal Navy and before that when I was with the IWM. Most recently he provided endless help and advice when we rescued LCT 7074. He was a fantastic colleague, friend and adviser and I simply can't believe he's no longer with us. A terrible loss, he will be hugely missed by everyone involved with the preservation of historic ships.