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Ajax

2939
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.4.1795BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down9.1795BWAS-1793
Launched3.3.1798B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship ClassAjax ClassB028
Designed by
William RuleBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1813
B028
Constructor
John RandallBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1755-1802
BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Burnt11.2.1807BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck182' 5"Imperial Feet55.4751 
Length of Keel149' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet45.4311 
Breadth49' 6"Imperial Feet14.9521 
Depth in Hold21' 3"Imperial Feet6.477 
Draught Forward13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Draught Aft18' 2"Imperial Feet5.4928 
Burthen1,953 4694Tons BM 

Armament


3.3.1798Broadside Weight = 865 Imperial Pound ( 392.2775 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
10.6.1795690Design Complement

10 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1.1798 - 6.1798Captain
James Hawkins-WhitshedBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1844
BWAS-1793
6.1798 - 7.1798Captain
John HollowayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1821
BWAS-1793
7.1798 - 4.1799Captain
John PakenhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1805
BWAS-1793
4.1799 - 5.1799Captain
John OsbornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
BWAS-1793
5.1799 - 2.3.1801Captain
Alexander Inglis CochraneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1830
SNL1799
6.1804 - 4.1805Captain
Lord George Stewart (Viscount Garlies)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1814
BWAS-1793
4.1805 - 5.1805Captain
Christopher LarocheBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1807
BWAS-1793
5.1805 - 10.1805Captain
William BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1815
BWAS-1793
10.1805 - 12.1805Lieutenant
John PilfoldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1805
BWAS-1793
1.1806 - 14.2.1807Captain
Henry BlackwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1830
BWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.6.1804 - 1806Lieutenant
Charles WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1806
NAO
17.7.1804 - 14.2.1807Lieutenant
Jeremiah BrowneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
NAO
1.3.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
Peter MitchellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1806
NAO
1.3.1805 - 22.1.1806Lieutenant
Thomas ProwseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1806
NAO
1.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
Henry Nathaniel RoweBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1811
NAO
1.6.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
Thomas Dobbins BarkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1806
NAO
3.7.1805 - 13.8.1805First Lieutenant
John PilfoldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1805
NAO

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1806 - 14.2.1807Midshipman
Henry William BruceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1863
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.1795Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
3.3.1798Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £57556.0.0dBWAS-1793
3.3.1798Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
7.4.1798Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
7.4.1798Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
13.7.1798Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
2.7.1799Action in Basque RoadsBWAS-1793
2.7.1799Attack on Aix Roads
9.1.1800Took the Privateer
L'Avantageux 1799-1800
French Privateer
ref:692
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
1.1801Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
19.4.1802Paid offADM 51
12.1802Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1804RecommissionedBWAS-1793
8.1804Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £38853.0.0dBWAS-1793
22.7.18053rd Battle of Cape Finisterre
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
11.2.1807Burnt by accident off Tenedos in the Aegean, grounded and blew up with 250 killedBWAS-1793

 

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