Assistant-Shipwright, Chatham 1660. Master-Shipwright, 1661-80. Knighted 1680.

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First Reading

Pauline  •  Link

Father of Commissioner of the Navy Peter Pett and master shipbuilder

From Tomalin:
Another commisioner, Peter Pett, the master-shipwright at Chatham, had nothing of the cavalier about him and had served Cromwell zealously; but no change of government could unseat him, because the Pett family had a virtual monopoly of shipbuilding in the Thames yards, and he moved smoothly to work for the restored monarchy.

vincent  •  Link

Phineas in the diary appears to be in charge of making of ships 1677 thru 1701 dredged from…

"...first rate Britannia at Chatham by Phineas Pett in 1681 and the Cumberland at Burlesdon by Ann Wyatt between 1694 and 1695....
...rebuilt the Sovereign in 1701
Phineas Pett at Chatham..... The letters can also reveal all sorts of unexpected information; for example that the Anne, one of the third-rates built at Chatham by Phineas Pett in 1677..."

Emilio  •  Link

So difficult to keep the Phineas Petts straight. According to the L&M Companion, there are at least 3:

--Commissioner Phineas Pett (1570-1647): Master-shipwright, Chatham 1605-1629; Navy Commissioner, Chatham 1630-1647. Built the original Royal Sovereign, and Commissioner Peter was his fifth son; thus it is he that the first couple of annos refer to above, not Capt. Phineas.

--Phineas Pett of Limehouse (1628-?78): Master-shipwright of Woolwich in 1675, and son of John, eldest son of Commissioner Phineas.

--Capt. Phineas Pett (1635-94): Master-shipwright, Chatham 1660-80; Navy Commissioner, Chatham 1686-8; knighted 1680. He was the second son of Peter Pett of Deptford, a half-cousin of Commissioner Peter.

Note that Capt. Phineas died in 1694, so he couldn't have rebuilt the Sovereign in 1701. The page Vincent links to in his 2nd anno mentions the rebuilt Sovereign, but does not say that Phineas supervised the work; there might have been yet a fourth Phineas at that time, or it might simply have been a misreading.

Vicente  •  Link

Good work : they were not a happy family. If one reads the biog: they nailed each when ever it was possible.

Miranda Hall nee PETT  •  Link

I have traced my family tree back to Phineas Pett! He was on my grandads side.

Leslie L. Sargeant  •  Link

Just starting genealogy of my late grandfather in England, Claude Pett. He is supposedly a decendant of Phineas Pett who, according to my mother (Audrey Lucinda Flora Pett Sargeant) 'built the 1st battleship of England.'

Amy  •  Link

There is a Phineas Pett Road in Eltham, SE London. A portrait of Phineas Pett is currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery…

kevin pett  •  Link

I would be interested in any information about any living decendents of Phineas Pett

Lesley  •  Link

I am trying to trace the line between Thomas Pett born 1676 who was married to Ann Evernden and how he is related to the Pett Dynasty.

If anyone can provide any assistance i am trying to get this done as a xmas present.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

The publication "Biographia navalis" (J. Charnock, 1794) tells of another Phineas Pett. He "was the son of sir Phineas Pett originally master builder and afterwards commissioner-resident at Chatham." This Phineas, captain of the "Tyger frigate," "fell in with a Zealand privateer" and was killed in May, 1666.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Phineas Pett, designer of the Sovereign of the Seas

Phineas Pett succeeded shipwright John Holding in the post of keeper of the plank yard, but his income was meagre by the standards set by his family. In his diary, he recorded that it became his duty, for which he considered himself unfit, to take charge of the affairs of his "poor sisters and brother."…

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