Ajax (1811 ship)

Ajax was launched in 1811 at South Shields. She was initially a London-based transport, but from 1816 became an East Indiaman, sailing between Britain and India. She was condemned at Calcutta in 1822.

For other ships with the same name, see Ajax (ship).

History
United Kingdom
Name Ajax
Builder Wright & Harle, South Shields,[1]Newcastle-on-Tyne
Launched 1811
Fate Condemned c. March 1822
General characteristics
Tons burthen 472[2] (bm)
Armament
  • 1812: 2 guns
  • 1815: 8 or 10 × 18-pounder carronades

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Ajax first appeared in Lloyd’s Register (LR) in 1812 with Wright, owner.[3]

Lloyd’s Register and the Register of Shipping (RS) were only as accurate as shipowners chose to keep them. Also, the registers did not publish at exactly the same time, even when publishing for the same year. Consequently, there are frequently discrepancies between them.

Year Master Owner Trade Source and notes
1815 C. Thompson Horle & Co. (or Horley & Co.) London transport LR
1815 Barnes Wright London transport RS

In 1813 the British East India Company (EIC) lost its monopoly on the trade between Britain and India. A number of shipowners then entered the trade.[4]

In 1816 Joseph Somes purchased Ajax and started sailing to India under a license from the EIC. On 3 November 1816 J. Somes sailed Ajax for Bombay.[5] She sailed from Gravesend on 9 December 1816.[6]

Year Master Owner Trade Source and notes
1816 C. Thompson
Somes
Horle & Co.
Somes
London transport
London–India
LR
1820 W. Clark Somes & Co. London–India LR
1823 W.Clark Somes & Co. London–Fort William, India LR

Ajax, Clarke, master, arrived at Bengal on 2 November 1821 from London and Madras.[7] On 26 January 1822 Ajax, Scott, master, sailed for the Cape and Gibraltar.[8]

On 23 August 1822 Lloyd’s List reported that Ajax, Scott, master, bound for the Cape and Gibraltar had had to put back to Calcutta, leaky.[9] She put back on 3 March and would have to be docked.[10]Ajax, Scott, master, originally bound from Calcutta to Malta, was condemned. Her cargo was transhipped on Lady Nugent. At the time, Lady Nugent was expected to sail from Calcutta in May.[11] She did, but had to put back to Calcutta after having sustained damage in a storm and having had to jettison a third of her cargo; water in the hold ruined another third of the cargo.

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