SS Ajax (1904)

SS Ajax was a Norwegian cargo ship that was blown up by SM UC-17 in the English Channel 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Ouessant, Finistère, France, while she was travelling from Rufisque, Senegal to Liverpool, United Kingdom.

  • Kristiania (1904–1912)
  • Bøilefos (1912–1915)
  • Ajax (1915–1917)
Owner: Thorvik, Nils M. - Bris A/S D/S
Port of registry: Sandefjord, Norway
Builder: Framnæs Mekaniske Værksted - FMV - (Framnæs) A/S
Yard number: 50
Completed: 1904
Maiden voyage: 1904
In service: 1904
Fate: Sunk 22 February 1917
Notes: Sailed under the name Kristiania until 1912 and under Bøilefos until 1915.
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 1,468 GRT
Length: 70.7 metres (231 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10.7 metres (35 ft 1 in)
Depth: 6.2 metres (20 ft 4 in)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propeller
Speed: 10 Knots


Ajax was constructed in 1904 with yard no. 50 at the Framnæs Mekaniske Værksted - FMV - (Framnæs) A/S shipyard in Sandefjord, Norway. She was completed in 1904 and sailed under the name Kristiania and under the name Bøilefos. But was finally named Ajax in 1915 until her demise in 1917. She remained operative until her sinking on 22 February 1917.

The ship was 70.7 metres (231 ft 11 in) long, with a beam of 10.7 metres (35 ft 1 in). She had a depth of 6.2 metres (20 ft 4 in). The ship was assessed at 1,468 GRT. She had a triple expansion steam engine driving a single screw propeller. The engine was rated at 128 nhp.


On 22 February 1917, Ajax was on a voyage from Rufisque, Senegal to Liverpool, United Kingdom. She was stopped and blown up by SM UC-17, 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Ouessant, Finistère, France. The ship sank with no loss of life. At the time of her sinking Ajax was carrying a cargo of peanuts. The ship sank to a depth of over 80 metres (260 ft).[1] It is unknown how many men survived the sinking.


The wreck sits 80 to 84 metres (262 to 276 ft) deep.


  1. "Ajax". Wrecksite. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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