30 Mar 2005, 2:06 p.m. - Ruben

The Guernsey a 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/

30 Mar 2005, 7:53 p.m. - vicenzo

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.

9 Jun 2014, 1:24 a.m. - Terry Foreman

HMS Guernsey was a 22-gun ship launched as HMS Basing in 1654, and renamed HMS Guernsey in 1660. She was converted to a fireship in 1688 and broken up in 1693. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Guernsey

10 Jan 2015, 4:20 p.m. - Bill

The "Guernsey" (previously the "Basing") was a fifth-rate of twenty-two guns, built at Walderwick in 1654 by Jonas Shish ("Archaeologia," xlviii. 174). ---Wheatley, 1899.


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