HMS Ajax (1809)
|Ordered:||1 July 1807|
|Builder:||Perry, Blackwall Yard|
|Laid down:||August 1807|
|Launched:||2 May 1809|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1864|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Vengeur-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1761 bm|
|Length:||176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)|
|Depth of hold:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Ajax was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 2 May 1809 at Blackwall Yard.
She was converted to a blockship with screw propulsion for coastal defence (also called 'steam-guard-ships') in 1846.
The conversion process involved removing her copper, ballast and some of the bulkheads, and cutting her down in the shape of a blockship.
She was broken up in 1864.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 188.
- ↑ 'Workmen are engaged in removing the housing over her, and preparing her for cutting down to a blockship for that port.' (Times Newspaper, 30 October 1845). '29 October 1845: The Ajax, 72, intended for a block ship, was docked yesterday to have her copper stripped off and to be cut down.' (Times Newspaper, 30 October 1845). '2 November 1845: The Ajax, 72, was undocked yesterday at Portsmouth, having had her copper stripped off, ballast removed, and some of her bulkheads taken out. She will be towed to Cowes in a day or two for conversion to a blockship, by Mr. White.' (Times Newspaper, 3 November 1845)
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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