Admiral-Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard

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Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty, Navy Department
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, (1969-1983)
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Thomas Brandreth
Formation1879-1971

The Admiral-Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard[1] was the Royal Navy officer in command of the Chatham Dockyard from 1879 to 1971. In 1961 command responsibility for dockyards began to be widened to include a local area command structure, when this officer was given the additional title and duties of Flag Officer Medway. In September 1971 admiral superintendents ceased to be a Royal Navy appointment and were instead restyled as Port Admirals.

The office holder was responsible for the control and direction of Chatham Dockyard.

History

In July 1832 responsibility for the administration of Royal Naval Dockyards passed to the Board of Admiralty following the abolition of the Navy Board, along with the navy boards key official at Chatham Dockyard the Resident Commissioner Chatham. The post of commissioner was replaced by a captain superintendent, who was vested with the same power and authority as the former commissioners. He was styled as Captain-Superintendent Chatham (1832-1876) In 1879 the captain superintendent was replaced by an Admiral-Superintendent, Chatham. In February 1961 the Admiral-Superintendent Chatham was given wider responsibilities as an area flag officer and given the additional title of Flag Officer Medway. On 15 September 1971 following an Order in Council all Royal Navy admiral superintendents were re-designated Port Admirals with this post being abolished and superseded by the office of Port Admiral, Chatham.

Office Holders

  1. Rear-Admiral Thomas Brandreth, 1 February 1879 – 1 December 1881
  2. Rear-Admiral George W. Watson, 1 December 1881 – April 1886
  3. Rear-Admiral William Codrington, April 1886 – 1 November 1887
  4. Rear-Admiral Edward Kelly , 1 November 1887 – December 1890
  5. Vice-Admiral George D. Morant, 25 January 1892
  6. Rear-Admiral Hilary G. Andoe, 2 September 1895
  7. Rear-Admiral Swinton Colthurst Holland, 2 September 1899 – 2 September 1902
  8. Vice-Admiral Robert William Craigie, 2 September 1902 – 2 September 1905[2]
  9. Rear-Admiral Alvin C. Corry, 2 September 1905
  10. Vice-Admiral George A. Giffard, 5 February 1907 – 9 August 1909
  11. Rear-Admiral Robert N. Ommanney, 9 August 1909 – 9 August 1912
  12. Rear-Admiral Charles E. Anson, 9 August 1912 – 9 August 1915
  13. Vice-Admiral Arthur D. Ricardo, 9 August 1915 – 1 May 1919
  14. Rear-Admiral Sir William E. Goodenough, 1 May 1919 – 26 May 1920
  15. Rear-Admiral Lewis Clinton-Baker, 26 May 1920
  16. Rear-Admiral Edward B. Kiddle, 28 September 1921 – 1 December 1923
  17. Rear-Admiral Percy M. R. Royds, 1 December 1923
  18. Rear-Admiral Charles P. Beaty-Pownall, 7 December 1925 – 7 December 1927
  19. Rear-Admiral Anselan J. B. Stirling, 7 December 1927
  20. Vice-Admiral Charles W. Round-Turner, October 1931 – October 1935
  21. Vice-Admiral Sir Clinton F. S. Danby, 1 October 1935 – 15 October 1942
  22. Vice-Admiral John G. Crace, 15 October 1942 – July 1946
  23. Rear-Admiral A.L. Poland, 5 September 1950 – May 1951 [3]
  24. Rear-Admiral George V.M. Dolphin: October 1954 – October 1958
  25. Rear-Admiral John Y. Thompson: October 1958 – February 1961
  26. Rear-Admiral I.William T. Beloe: February 1961 – December 1963
  27. Rear-Admiral Ian L.T.Hogg: December 1963 – July 1966
  28. Vice-Admiral Sir W. John Parker: July 1966 – September 1969 [4]
  29. Rear-Admiral Frederick C.W. Lawson: September 1969 – September 1971 [5]

Footnotes

  1. "Royal Naval dockyard staff". nationalarchives.gov.uk. The National Archives, UK, 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36862). London. 2 September 1902. p. 4.
  3. Government, H.M. (May 1951). "Principle Officers in the Dockyards". The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 362.
  4. Vat, Dan van der (12 June 2005). "Obituary: Vice Adm Sir John Parker". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. Obituary (30 March 2010). "Rear-Admiral Derick Lawson". Retrieved 15 February 2018.

Bibliography

  1. Government, H.M. (May 1951). "Principle Officers in the Dockyards". The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office.