Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Rainbow built by Bright, at Deptford in 1617 : lived a long life 1680http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/sailship.htm
Rainbow in 1642 had Sir George Aiscue as Rear Admiral it be a ship of 52 guns 280 men; [had sailed to Barbadoes ]From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 30 October 1651', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7: 1651-1660 (1802), pp. 31-3. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com.... Date accessed: 25 April 2006.Capt Penn would know This ship? in 1646 :Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That Captain William Batten be Captain of the Ship St. Andrew, and Vice-Admiral.The Question was propounded, Whether this House would agree with the Lords, That Captain Thomas Trenchfield should be Captain of the Rainbow, and Rear-Admiral:And then the Question being put, Whether this Question should be now put;It passed with the Affirmative.It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That Captain Thomas Trenchfield be Captain of the Rainbow, and Rear-Admiral.From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 4: 23 February 1646', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 4: 1644-1646 (1802), pp. 449-52. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com.... Date accessed: 25 April 2006
From Ruben's annotation concerning the Elias
"Mark Harrison served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies...From 1659 to 1660, he commanded the Dutch prize Elias (the former Amsterdam Directors's ship Elias). At the Restoration, he was continued in command of the Elias. In 1663, he commanded the 2nd Rate Rainbow."
In the Sound in 1659 with 350 men and 54 guns under Anthony Young.
Fleet list of April 1665 is 2nd Rate with 320 men and 56 guns under Willo Hannam.
(info the Journal of Edward Montagu by Anderson)
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