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Best, Thomas (1570–1639), sea captain and master of Trinity House, was baptized on 8 June 1570 at Merstham, Surrey, the youngest son of Robert Best, an interpreter for the Muscovy Company, and Anne, formerly Bowman. Later, in 1623, Best told Sir William Conway...

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Pett, Phineas (1570–1647), shipbuilder and naval administrator, was born at Deptford on 1 November 1570, the eldest son of Peter Pett (d. 1589), master shipwright, of Deptford and his second wife, Elizabeth Thornton (d. 1597). He attended school at Rochester and Greenwich...

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Phineas Pett (1570–1647) by unknown artist, c. 1612 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Thomas (d. 1658), shipowner and naval official, was from an obscure but armigerous family. He rose to prominence as secretary to Algernon Percy, tenth earl of Northumberland, lord high admiral from 1638 to 1662. An energetic official, with good contacts at court, ...