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Pieter van der Merwe is an English writer on aspects of British maritime history, mainly from 1500 to 1914, but which have also included maritime archaeology and medieval shipbuilding.
He also writes on the history of Greenwich, marine painting, stage scene-painting and maritime life in art, portraiture, literature and drama.
He is a graduate of the University of Manchester and University of Bristol.
He joined the staff of the National Maritime Museum in 1974 and is now its General Editor.