Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1807BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1793
Ship ClassArmada ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by The SurveyorsBWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up1864BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck176' 0"Imperial Feet53.6448 
Length of Keel144' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet43.9103 
Breadth47' 9 ½"Imperial Feet14.3383 
Depth in Hold21' 0"Imperial Feet6.4008 
Burthen1,761 7194Tons BM 


2.5.1809Broadside Weight = 928 Imperial Pound ( 420.848 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.10.1806590Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

6.1809 - 4.1811CaptainRobert Waller Otway (1770-1846)BWAS-17934.1811 - 10.1811CaptainJames Brisbane (1774-1826)BWAS-179310.1811 - 1813CaptainSir Robert Lawrie (6th Baronet of Maxwelton) (1746-1848)BWAS-17935.1813 - 10.1814CaptainRobert Waller Otway (1770-1846)BWAS-179310.1814 - 7.1816CaptainGeorge Mundy (1777-1861)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

7.1809 - 26.9.1811LieutenantJohn William Andrew (1783-1854)NBD184931.5.1815 - 1815LieutenantJohn Adams (d.1866)W033

2 Petty Officers

1812 - 1815MidshipmanJoseph ArguimbauNBD18493.1813 - 5.1813MidshipmanJohn Budgen (1794-?)NBD1849

Service History

8.1807Began building at Blackwall - London BWAS-1793
2.5.1809Completed building at Blackwall - London at a cost of £57383.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.5.1809Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
15.6.1809Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £27400.0.0dBWAS-1793
4.10.1809Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
20.7.1810Off ToulonBWAS-1793
13.12.1810Attack on PalomosBWAS-1793
13.12.1810Landing at Palamos
31.3.1811Took the Flûte Dromadaire Off Elba
4.1813Began making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
7.1813Completed making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £17064.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.7.1813Reduction of San Sebastien
8.9.1813At San SebastianBWAS-1793
1814Sailed to America with troopsBWAS-1793
17.3.1814Took the Corvette L'Alcion (16)
10.1814In the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
7.1816Paid offBWAS-1793
10.1820Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1829Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £67758.0.0dBWAS-1793
11.1845Began conversion to a Screw Vessel at Cowes - Isle of Wight BWAS-1793
9.1846Completed conversion to a Screw Vessel at Cowes - Isle of Wight at a cost of £15908.0.0dBWAS-1793
6.1850fitting for sea at Unknown at a cost of £55975.0.0dBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 7th of April 2014 22:04

E.A. 12 May 1809 - Yesterday the Ajax, man of war, 74 guns, was launched from Blackwell dock. She went off in a very majestic style. The spectators were numerous both in the dock and on the water.

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