HMS Ajax (1767)

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HMS Ajax 1767 Portsmouth Harbour.jpg
HMS Ajax sailing into Portsmouth Harbour with a view of Southsea Castle.
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ajax
Ordered: 4 December 1762
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 23 December 1767
Honours and
awards:

Participated in:

Fate: Sold out of the service, 1785
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1615
Length: 167 ft 10 in (51.16 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 5 in (14.45 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 3 in (6.17 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders

HMS Ajax was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 December 1767 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was designed by William Bateley, and was the only ship built to her draught.[1]

She saw extensive action in the War of American Independence, taking part in the Battles of Cape St. Vincent, the Chesapeake, St. Kitts and the Saintes.[citation needed]

She was sold in 1785.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 177.

References[edit]

  • 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.