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HMS Ajax - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Ajax

Name : HMS Ajax
Laid Down : 21st March 1876
Launched : 10th March 1880
Completed : 30th March 1883
Type : Battleship
Class : Ajax
Builder : Pembroke
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Sold March 1904.

HMS Agamemnon and HMS Ajax were the last major British ships to have Muzzle loading main armament but the first to have secondary armament, both being equipped with two six inch breach loading guns. these 6 inch guns were replace din in 1897 with 6 inch Quick Firing guns. Both of these ships were designed without a sailing rig compared to HMS Inflexible which was.. Major problems arose at high speed as they were difficult to keep on course which made them dangerous. some modification were made increasing the length of the stern but this did not help the situation, both ships were poor sea boats and during bad weather became very wet and uncomfortable for the crew. HMS Ajax was built at Pembroke Dock yard and laid down on the 21st March 1876, launched 10th march 1880 and completed 30th march 1883. and finally broken up in 1904 Displacement: 8510 tons, Speed: 13 Knots Compliment 345. Armament: Four 12-inch Muzzle loaders, in pairs, two 6 - inch Beach Loaders, and Six 6 pounder Quick Firers. and two torpedo Tubes.

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HMS Ajax, 1883


HMS Ajax, 1883

Timeline Entries :


21st March 1876 - Laid down at
10th March 1880 - Launched
30th April 1885 - Commissioned into the Special Services Squadron
5th April 1890 - Arrived Plymouth
5th April 1890 - Captain Boyle in Command
25th July 1890 - Arrived Torbay
8th August 1890 - Capt. R.H. Boyle in Command
8th August 1890 - Commenced Manouvres in the Western Approaches and North Atlantic
8th August 1890 - Sailed Bantry bay for Maneouvres
18th August 1890 - Completed Manouvres in the Western Approaches and North Atlantic
30th August 1890 - Sailed Torbay
2nd April 1891 - At Chatham being dismantled for being put out of commission
7th April 1891 - At Chatham Decommissioned
4th October 1891 - 1891 04th Oct Ajax At Chatham for commissioning
18th August 1892 - At Chatham to prepare for the Mediterranean
9th January 1896 - At Chatham, A Division, Reserve Fleet
January 1904 - Sold For Scrapping

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Last edited : 21:08, October 11, 2012
By : DataStream

First Added : 15:46, February 28, 2011
By : kc


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