Source 4 of 8: England United?


Although Peter Pette had royal orders to purchase anchors, cables and planks for the fleet as a matter of urgency, certain people have refused to deliver these things because they did not think they would be paid. Sir Owen is to see that such people are put into prison and that Mr Pette obtains the things that he needs."

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Extract from a letter from the Privy Council to Sir Owen Hopton, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, 26 July 1588.

At this time the Armada was sailing up the English Channel and an invasion seemed likely. Despite this, the fleet faced a shortage of supplies. This was probably because rulers had a bad reputation for paying their bills.

Peter Pette, mentioned in the extract, was a master shipbuilder at the Deptford shipyards in Kent. He is obviously having problems with some people refusing to supply materials for the English fleet.