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HMS Ajax (launched 1880)

Information about HMS Ajax (launched 1880)

HMS Ajax (1880) was the first of the Royal Navy's Ajax class of ironclad battleship to be laid down on 21st March 1876 by Pembroke Dockyard. She was launched on 10th March 1880, being completed one day later than her sister ship HMS Agamemnon on 30th March 1883. She was broken up in 1904.

Ajax and Agamemnon were the first British battleships to be designed without any sailing rig. Their guns were mounted en echelon, which was thought to enable firing broadside as well as fore and aft. However, in practice firing close to the keel line damaged the integrity of the hull and only broadside firing was conducted.

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Lot MA14/43

Lot MA14/43: HMS Ajax-a Bronze Bridge Type Bell From the Ship's Metal by John Cashmore Ltd

HMS Ajax-a bronze bridge type bell from the ship's metal by John Cashmore Ltd, the bell inscribed as per title, suspended on a curved bracket mount on a teak socle, 22cm high.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £140