Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Charter: Late 18th century Dutch equivalent to the English Rates:

1st Charter : 80 guns
2nd Charter : 70 guns
3rd Charter : 60 guns
4th Charter : 50 guns
5th Charter : 36 guns
6th Charter : 20 guns

Only the first 4 charters were considered 'ships of the line'.

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