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Yacht built 1663 by Christopher Pett for Sir William Batten.

Pedro on Tue 1 Aug 2006, 8:06 pm | Link
Christopher Pett.

Brother of Peter Pett. The ship-building brothers competed on behalf of the royal brothers. The King on a visit to Deptford pronounced his work (for his brother) as “very pretty”.

By 1663 yacht-building was spreading downwards to the aristocracy, so much so that C. Pett demanded extra gratuity for building pleasure boats, because of all the people he had to entertain. Early owners included Sir W Batten, whose wife was ungratefully sick.

(Summary from King Charles II…Fraser)

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