HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association




The fourth Ajax started life as the sixth HMS Vanguard and was built at Pembroke and launched on 25 August 1835 and commissioned in 1837. She was built at a total cost of £78,000.


She was a 78-gun (80 when launched) second rate ship of the line of the Symondite design. Crew: up to 750 officers & men. 2900 tons; length 190 ft; beam 57 ft. Armament as launched: 68x 32 pounders; along with 4x 68 + 4x 32 + 4x 18 pounder carronades (Short barrelled cannons)


On 20 Oct 1867 the Vanguard was renamed Ajax to allow the name Vanguard to be given to a new iron-clad battleship.


Ajax was broken up in 1875 at Chatham.