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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Virginia, or Merrimac: her real projector. (search)
it necessary that strength and solidity should enter into every part of the structure. The Inflexible having been accepted as one of the types of the British future line — of battle ships, two others have been put in process of construction—the Ajax, which was laid down at the Pembroke dock-yard in 1876; and the Agamemnon, commenced at the Chatham in the same year, and launched in 1879. After so full an account of the Inflexible, any detailed description of these two sister ships would be a mere repetition. The Colossus and the Majestic * * *two steel sister ships, are of the same type as the vessels just described, and of dimensions between the Inflexible and the Ajax. In Constructor Porter's reply to Justice, he says: Of the great and skillful calculations of the displacements and weights of timber and iron involved in the planning and construction of this great piece of naval architecture, and of her present weights with everything on board, no other man than mysel
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General R. E. Lee's war-horses. (search)
this time some gentlemen of South West Virginia presented to General Lee a fine large sorrel horse whom the General named Ajax. This horse had a fine walk but was too tall for the General, who seldom rode him; riding Traveller almost constantly untbert E. Lee, who repaid what had been paid for her and took her to his father at Lexington, where were also Traveller and Ajax. When The Roan through blindness became unfit for army service, General Lee gave him to a farmer, who promised to kindly , at the age of thirty four years, and was buried on the farm of Mr. Mackay. Some three years after the close of the war, Ajax, who was turned out during the day, when not used, ran against the iron prong of the latch of a partly opened gate and kil was also buried in the grounds of the Washington and Lee University. General Custis Lee was not in Lexington, either when Ajax or Lucy Long received their injuries. Traveller up to the time of his injury was apparently as high-spirited and service