Peter Pomegranate

Peter Pomegranate was a warship of the English Tudor navy, built in 1510. Her name most likely was in honour of Saint Peter and the badge of Queen Catherine of Aragon, a pomegranate.[1] She had a tonnage of 450 when first built, but in 1536 she was rebuilt and enlarged to a tonnage of 600; at that date the name was shortened to Peter (Catherine had fallen out of grace; she died in 1536). The ship's fate is not recorded, but she was last mentioned in records in 1558.[2] Peter Pomegranate was a contemporary of Mary Rose that sank during the Battle of the Solent in 1545.

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Peter Pomegranate as depicted in the Anthony Roll.
Name: Peter Pomegranate (from 1536 Peter)
Builder: Portsmouth
Launched: 1510
Commissioned: 1510
Refit: rebuilt and enlarged 1536
Honours and
Fate: Unknown, last mentioned in 1558
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 600
Complement: 185 soldiers, 185 sailors, 30 gunners
Armament: 36 cannons, 66 swivel guns

Named in full in the roster as "Peter Pomgarnarde", she joined Edward Clinton's invasion fleet against Scotland in August 1547.[3] According to an inventory of 1547, the rebuilt Peter had 185 sailors, 185 soldiers, and 30 gunners. Her armaments included; 2 brass demi-cannons; 2 brass culverins; 4 brass demi-culverins; 4 brass sakers; an iron culverin; 3 iron sakers; 9 iron port pieces; 37 iron bases; and 11 hagbuts. There were also 259 yew bows, 160 bills; and 160 Moorish pikes.[4]


  1. ^ Childs, David, The Warship Mary Rose: The Life and Times of King Henry VIII's Flagship Chatham Publishing, London. 2007. ISBN 978-1-86176-267-2, p. 17; Marsden, Peter (editor), Your Noblest Shippe: Anatomy of a Tudor Warship. The Archaeology of the Mary Rose, Volume 2. The Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9544029-2-1, pp. 5, 379
  2. ^ Rodger, N. A. M. (2004). The Safeguard of the Sea. London: Penguin Books. pp. 476–477. ISBN 0-14-029724-3.
  3. ^ Calendar of State Papers Scotland, vol. 1 (1898), 12, no. 29.
  4. ^ Starkey, David, ed., Inventory of Henry VIII, vol 1, Society of Antiquaries (1998), nos. 7165, 7252-7273.