Ajax

2938
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered4.12.1762BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down6.9.1763BWAS-1714
Named18.4.1763BWAS-1714
Acquired23.12.1767BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.5.1770BWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Designed by William BatelyBWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas BucknallBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold10.2.1785BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck167' 10"Imperial Feet50.9016 
Length of Keel138' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet42.0688 
Breadth46' 10"Imperial Feet14.0208 
Depth in Hold20' 3"Imperial Feet6.1722 
Draught Forward11' 8"Imperial Feet3.556 
Draught Aft18' 8"Imperial Feet5.5118 
Burthen1,615 1294Tons BM 

Armament


5.1770Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1770600 BWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1770 - 7.6.1771Captain John Carter Allen (1724-1800) ADM 6/20/278BWAS-171419.1.1779 - 16.4.1779Captain Philip Boteler (c.1731-1787) ADM 6/21/500ADM 6/2116.4.1779 - 24.8.1779Captain Robert Linzee (c.1740-1805) ADM 6/21/541ADM 6/2124.8.1779 - 23.5.1780Captain Samuel Uvedale (1729-1808) ADM 6/22/19BWAS-171423.5.1780 - 3.5.1781Captain John Symons (c.1732-1799) ADM 6/22/327
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 22.8.1781
BWAS-1714
27.7.1781 - 8.8.1783Captain Nicholas Charrington (d.1803) ADM 6/22/351BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
13.5.1782 - 10.6.1782Lieutenant Richard Sainthillref:55412.8.1782 - 17.12.1782Second Lieutenant John Hallum Mounier (d.1811)ref:5541783 - 8.8.1783First Lieutenant John Elliotref:554

Service History


DateEventSource
5.1770Commissioned for guardship dutyBWAS-1714
10.1770Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.10.1770Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £28248.6.0dBWAS-1714
5.10.1770Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7657.10.1dBWAS-1714
14.10.1770

At Portsmouth and "is ordered immediately to sea to carry troops and officers".

ADM 106
2.1771

In Cork harbour.

ADM 106
7.6.1771Paid offADM 6/22
8.1779Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £14549.11.1dBWAS-1714
29.12.1779Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caraccas convoyBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
16.1.1780Battle of Cape St. Vincent
19.1.1780At relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of March 15 1780
19.5.1780Action of March 19 1780
3.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
8.1781Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
5.12.1781Arrived in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
1783At JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.8.1783

Paid off

BWAS-1714
10.2.1785Sold for £1,020BWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 21:41

Extract of a letter from Sheerness Dec 28, 1784

"Arrived the Rambler and Marquis de Seignally [Seignelay?] cutters, and remain with Scipio and Otter sloop.
"The Centurion lying in ordinary at this port, is ordered up river to be repaired.
"The Ajax is ordered to be sold." (The Times 3 January 1785)

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