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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Capt. James Ableson, in some sources spelled Abelson

James Abelson served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. From 1653 to 1656, he commanded the 5th Rate Mermaid (24 guns). In 1656, he commanded the 4th Rate Kent, but he resigned for some reason. He was back as a captain in 1660, when he commanded the Grantham. James Abelson was killed in action on 3 June 1665 (at the Battle of Lowestoft). http://17th-centurynavwargaming.b…
L&M say James Ableson was killed in the ship Guinea (Companion).

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

ABLESON, James,—was appointed, in 1664, first, to command the Bear, and, 2ndly, the Expedition. In 1665 he was promoted to the Guinea, a small fourth rate of thirty-eight guns. Small as this ship was, he distinguished himself very eminently in the first action with the Dutch, and deserves ever to be remembered as one of those heroes who contributed to purchase that victory at the expence of their lives. He was killed on the 3d of June, 1665.

---Biographia navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.

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