Henry Adams (1713–1805) was a British Master Shipbuilder. He lived and worked at Bucklers Hard between 1744 and 1805.[2] His home is now The Master Shipbuilders House Hotel in Bucklers Hard. He was responsible for building many famous warships during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Life

Adams was the son of Anthony Adams, a shipwright at Deptford Royal Dockyard and it was there at the age of thirteen that he began his indenture in his father's trade. In 1744 he moved to Hampshire, to supervise for the Admiralty the construction of a small warship at a private yard at Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River. After this was completed the business fell into difficulties and, with financial support from The Duke of Montagu, Adams took over the business. However his association with Deptford continued; only in 1792 did he finally settle permanently in Hampshire after his shipbuilding partnership in his birth town was dissolved in acrimonious circumstances.

His constructions at Buckler's Hard included HMS Euryalus, HMS Swiftsure and Admiral Nelson's favourite ship, HMS Agamemnon, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.[3] He was also responsible for the construction of HMS Indefatigable which saw fame under Captain Sir Edward Pellew during the Action of 13 January 1797.

Adams was responsible for building many famous ships during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These included HMS Euryalus, HMS Swiftsure and Admiral Nelson's favourite ship, HMS Agamemnon, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.