I hope I can help! I have read your link and what basically says is this:
Upper Deck ____24 Guns 9pdr
Quarter Deck ___8 _____ 4 " and 4 Carronades 12pdr
Forecastle _____2 _____ 4 " __ 2 _________ 12 "
Which is to say that in the Upper Deck there are 24 guns of 9pdr, 8 guns of 4pdr in the Quarter deck and 2 other guns of 4pdr in the Forecastle, totaling 34 guns. The same for carronades. Just as Foremast Jack said.
In the link you send there are other references to carronades of different quantity and power. Like 32pdr and 18pdr, with the numbers you referred. But carronades are not like normal cannons, of 18 or 24 pounders. A carronade is a cannon built specifically for close combat and were mostly used in earlier times, as the development of naval artillery led to long range battles.
Your problem is that HMS Surprise was first a french corvette called Unité, and was latter captured by the British who renamed her to Surprise. With the french the Surprise had cannons, and the British changed them to carronades. If I were you I would build cannons, but you will have to decide
Hope this helped.
Edited by Frank Brick Wright, 22 December 2011 - 10:19 AM.
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