Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The Guernseya ship with the same name (as ships had a life cicle of decades it probably was the same ship) participated in the anglo dutch war.Merchant ships had cannons and were recruited for war when necessary.See: http://anglo-dutch-wars.blogspot.com/
5th rated mean [ 1st is 100+ guns; each rate down: be less ten guns] then 5th Rate be : 40 to 32 guns and 300 to 200 able bodies including other useful ranks.
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