Within a month, some major repairs were carried out and it set sail to Plymouth. Ajax sailed for the next twelve years but was disarmed and abandoned in the Plymouth navy yards. However, in 1801, the Admiralty was keen to expand its fleet and decided to utilize again some disarmed ships like the Ajax. The four-pounder guns on the deck were replaced by eight-pounders. A further reduction in weight was achieved by eliminating all the sculptures from the poop deck area and the side windows.
The sculptures were replaced by decorations painted in ochre yellow. Below the waterline, copper sheeting was used to prolong the life of the timber. Regarding the rigging, the main modification was to replace the spanker with a larger four-sided sail, supported between a larger gaff along the upper edge and a boom along its lower edge.
The sail area was considerably enlarged by increasing the number of stay sails. The hull was painted again in black with a yellow ochre band to correspond with the gun battery, with a white border on the railing. Also the cabin roof (coach boxes) and figure-head were in white. Further detail of its history and final disarming are unknown. This brand new kit comes with detailed English instructions, though the Ajax is best for intermediate to advanced builders!Length: 29.9 / 760 mm. Our Ships and Kits Make Great Holiday Gifts! - The Ages of Sail crew. Add a map to your own listings. The item "Beautiful, brand new wooden model ship kit by Euromodel the Ajax" is in sale since Friday, January 16, 2015. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Models & Kits\Boats, Ships\Other Boat, Ship Models & Kits". The seller is "ageofsail" and is located in San Lorenzo, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.