HMS Ajax - guardship at Kingstown 1858-61. In Feb 1861, there was an exceptional storm on the East coast. Captain Boyd of HMS AJAX and 14 crew were drowned while attempting to rescue the crew of a ship which had gone aground on the back of the East pier. They were swept off the pier by a huge wave. Among others swept into the water was John Skipton Mulvany, Architect of many buildings in Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), but he was saved. The Boyd monument on the East Pier marks the spot.
Irish Art Travel Poster, Dun Laoghaire Kingston, County Wicklow, Ireland, by Norman Wilkinson
The Canon in the East Pier gardens. It was part of the spoils from the Crimean war. This Russian gun was one of 30,000 that were captured during the Crimean war. In the Treaty of Paris it was agreed that each of the victors would receive cannons as trophies of their victory. These were put on display in towns in Britain and Ireland. 20 towns in Ireland applied for and received a Russian gun. You can see the double eagle and crown of the Romanov family crest on the Dun Laoghaire cannon today.