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 byWilliam Rule (d.1816)B028
ConstructorJohn Randall (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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.1798 - 6.1798CaptainJames Hawkins-Whitshed (1762-1849)BWAS-17936.1798 - 7.1798CaptainJohn Holloway (1747-1826)BWAS-17937.1798 - 4.1799CaptainJohn Pakenham (1743-1807)BWAS-17934.1799 - 5.1799CaptainJohn OsbornBWAS-17935.1799 - 2.3.1801CaptainAlexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)SNL17996.1804 - 4.1805CaptainLord George Stewart (1768-1834)BWAS-17934.1805 - 5.1805CaptainChristopher LarocheBWAS-17935.1805 - 10.1805CaptainWilliam BrownBWAS-179310.1805 - 12.1805LieutenantJohn Pilfold (1769-1834)BWAS-17931.1806 - 14.2.1807CaptainHenry Blackwood (1770-1832)BWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.6.1804 - 1806LieutenantCharles WoodNAO17.7.1804 - 14.2.1807LieutenantJeremiah BrowneNAO1.3.1805 - 1806LieutenantPeter MitchellNAO1.3.1805 - 22.1.1806LieutenantThomas Prowse (d.1806)NAO1.4.1805 - 1806LieutenantHenry Nathaniel RoweNAO1.6.1805 - 1806LieutenantThomas Dobbins BarkerNAO3.7.1805 - 13.8.1805First LieutenantJohn Pilfold (1769-1834)NAO

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1806 - 14.2.1807MidshipmanHenry William Bruce (1792-1863)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 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


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
SNL1799Steele's Navy List October 1799SteeleBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:692Base de donnés sur les capitaines corsaires , les navires et les armateursJJ SaleinWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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