Author Results for Pieter van der Merwe

Notes: Corrigenda

By Pieter van der Merwe

I have to correct, with apology, three accidental slips in the notes on T. D. Ledward’s Bounty letters that appeared in the November 2018 issue1. The first (n22) is that Albemarle Bertie’s final rank was full admiral and baronet, not knighted vice-admiral. The second (n54) is that neither Bligh’s bible nor prayerbook are in the National Maritime […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Notes: Captain Bligh’s Glasses

By Pieter van der Merwe

In 1939, on the death of Lieutenant Commander George Frederick Glennie, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) received from his widow a fine, oval, silver-mounted Georgian reading glass, which folds into protective tortoiseshell covers (REL0026, figure 1). It measures 76 x 52 x 20 millimetres and the lens hinges out sideways from one of the mounts on […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

‘Your Dutiful Nephew’: Thomas Denman Ledward (1766–1789/90), acting surgeon of the Bounty

By Pieter van der Merwe

The surviving family letters of, and relating to, Thomas Denman Ledward, acting surgeon in HM armed vessel Bounty, have never been fully researched before. They are used here as the basis for constructing his brief biography. It provides a case study of the chances that could launch an eighteenth-century naval medical career (and tragically terminate it), […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: The Merchant Navy: A myth reviewed

By Pieter van der Merwe

This examines the use of the term ‘Merchant Navy’ and the determination of King George to grant the formal title. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

Obituary: John Munday MA FSA

By Pieter van der Merwe

John Munday, who died in April 2012, was Honorary Secretary of the Society from 1979 to 1984 and subsequently became one of its Hon. Vice-Presidents. His whole career was spent at the National Maritime Museum, starting in 1951 and retiring in 1984. Commencing as Assistant Keeper and Librarian he rose through the ranks and ended […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Note: Sir James Caird’s Bust: a tale of three heads

By Pieter van der Merwe

The story behind the marble and stone busts of Sir James Caird. Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Another Lichfield Sailor

By Pieter van der Merwe

A brief description of a further statue in Lichfield, this one commemorating a Boer war seaman from HMS Powerful. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music