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Numbers of Crew - HMS Ajax (1798)
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:20 pm    Post subject: Numbers of Crew - HMS Ajax (1798) Reply with quote

To enhance a stunning model we have at the Maritime Museum of BC, Canada, I am preparing a 3-D museum exhibit to illustrate the number of people on board HMS Ajax (1798), lining up rows of model people to show the number of officers, midshipmen, marines, cooks/bakers, tradesmen, etc.. Looking for suggestions of 1) what groups to represent as large divisions of labour/authority, 2) what numbers would be appropriate for each, 3) information on the appropriate unifirm colours (top/trousers) for painting the figures. All comments appreciated.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To find the numbers for 1798, you'll have to check the muster books at TNA.
Here is the crew as it was at Trafalgar :

Officers
Captain : 1
Lieutenant : 7
Master : 1
Master's Mate : 4
Midshipman : 14

Warrant officers and mates
Purser : 1
Steward : 1
Steward's Mate : 1
Clerk : 1
Cook : 1
Chaplain : 0
Schoolmaster : 0
Surgeon : 1
Surgeon's Assistant : 2
Gunner : 1
Gunner's Mate : 2
Quartergunner : 13
Carpenter : 1
Carpenter's Mate : 1
Carpenter's Crew : 7
Boatswain : 1
Boatswain's Mate : 3
Quartermaster : 5
Quartermaster's Mate : 6
Coxswain : 1
Caulker : 1
Caulker's Mate : 1
Cooper : 1
Armourer : 1
Armourer's Mate : 1
Sailmaker : 1
Sailmaker's Mate : 1
Sailmaker's Crew : 2
Master at Arms : 1
Ship's Corporal : 2

Crew
Trumpeter : 1
Yeoman of the Powder Room : 1
Yeoman of the Sheets : 4
Able Seaman : 136
Ordinary Seaman : 149
Landsman : 156

Boys
Volunteer 1st Class : 8
Boy 2nd Class : 11
Boy 3rd Class : 15

Marines
Captain RM : 1
2nd Lieutenant RM : 2
Sergeant RM : 3
Corporal RM : 3
Private RM : 95
Drummer RM : 2
Boy RM : 5

There was no chaplain nor schoolmaster on board (they were a scarce species).
There was no Captain too as he was in England at the CM of Calder and the 1st Lt was acting captain.
Except for officers, warrant officers, and marines, there was no uniform.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:07 pm    Post subject: Numbers of Crew - AJAX Reply with quote

Many thanks for the wonderfully detailed information. Exactly what I was looking for. A great help!
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