Cape of Good Hope Dockyard

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HM Dockyard, Cape of Good Hope
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Part of Cape of Good Hope Station
(1795-1803), (1806-1857), (1903-1919)
Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station
(1857-1865) (1867-1903)
Simon's Town Bay, Simonstown in South Africa
TypeNaval Dockyard
Site information
OwnerAdmiralty
OperatorRoyal Navy
Controlled byFlag of the Navy Board 1801 to 1832.jpg Navy Board (1814-1832)
Board of Admiralty Flag 20th Century.png Board of Admiralty (1832-1913)
Site history
In use1814-1913
Installation information
Past
commanders
Various (multiple titles see opposite)
OccupantsCape Squadron

Cape of Good Hope Dockyard or formally H.M. Dockyard, Cape of Good Hope was a Royal Naval Dockyard located at Simons Town Bay, Simonstown, Southern Africa. At various periods of time it served as the primary shore establishment for both the Cape of Good Hope Station and the Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station. It was in operation from 1814 to until 1913 when the Department of Admiralty renamed the facility the Simonstown Dockyard.

The dockyard was managed and controlled by the Navy Board through its Resident Commissioner, Cape of Good Hope from 1814 to 1820, when the navy board was abolished in 1832 responsibility for the management of HM Dockyards at home and overseas passed to the Board of Admiralty. Until 1859 no single officer with overall responsibility for the yard was appointed instead it was divided between the remaining senior officers of the yard namely the Clerk of the Cheque, the Master Attendant, and the Naval Storekeeper. From 1859 until 1898 a Naval Officer-in-Charge Cape of Good Hope Dockyard was appointed he was superseded by a Commander, Cape of Good Hope Dockyard until 1913.

History

In 1810 Mauritius and Bourbon were captured and the fall of Tamatave in Madagascar in 1811 left the French without a single colonial possession. As a consequence there was little left for the ships of the Royal Navy to do in Cape waters and their number was soon reduced.[1] The naval authorities now had leisure to give some time and attention to the consolidation of the base facilities. The removal of the whole Royal Navy's establishments from Table Bay to Simon's Bay and vice versa at six-monthly intervals was manifestly inconvenient and costly. It had furthermore become clear to the experienced seamen of the Royal Navy that Simon's Bay provided the safer anchorage at all seasons, which Table Bay did not. The Commander-in-Chief of the Cape Station was emphatically in favour of removal of the principal base of the Royal Navy to Simon's Bay and this was immediately accepted. The necessary buildings were completed in 1814.[2] The new facilities in official navy sources until the early 20th century was called the Cape of Good Hope Dockyard. In 1913 the naval establishment was renamed the Simonstown Dockyard.

Administration of the Dockyard (Navy Board)

From 1546 until 1660 all Royal Naval Dockyards were administered by the Council of the Marine. From 1660 were administered by a resident commissioner who supervised the other senior officers of the yard on behalf of the Navy Board in London. By an Order in Council dated 27 June 1832 it transferred administrative control of the dockyards organisation to the Board of Admiralty, and the role of the Resident Commissioner of the Navy was abolished and replaced by either a Captain Superintendent or Commodore Superintendent or Admiral-Superintendent depending on the size of the naval dockyard.[3][4] In 1971 all remaining flag officer's titled as admiral superintendent were renamed Port Admirals.

Resident Commissioner, Cape of Good Hope (1814-1821)

Clerk of the Cheque, Cape of Good Hope

  1. William Pennell, 24 May, 1813 - 22 July, 1829.(previously at Cape Town Dockyard).[5][6]
  2. John Deas Thompson, 22 July, 1829 - 1832.[7]

Master Attendant, Cape of Good Hope

  1. John Goodridge, 25 April, 1806 - March, 1828.[8][9]
  2. John Bremmer, 3 June, 1833 - March, 1834.[10]

Master Shipwright, Cape of Good Hope

  1. Thomas Chaplin, 27 December, 1810 - December, 1820.[11]

Naval Storekeeper, Cape of Good Hope (1814-1832)

  1. William Pennell, 24 May, 1813 - 22 July, 1829..(previously at Cape Town Dockyard).[12][13]
  2. John Deas Thompson, 22 July, 1829 - 1832.[14][15]

Agent Victualler, Cape of Good Hope (1814-1832)

  1. Alfred Johnson, 1814–-1820, (transferred from Cape Town Dockyard).[16]
  2. William Pennell, December, 1820 - 22 July, 1829.[17]
  3. John Deas Thompson, 22 July, 1829 - 1832.[18][19][20]

Administration of the Dockyard (Board of Admiralty)

Simonstown , Simonstown Naval Base and Cape of Good Hope Dockyard in 1900

Clerk of the Cheque, Cape of Good Hope

  1. John Deas Thompson, 1832 - March, 1834.[21]

Naval Storekeeper, Cape of Good Hope (1832-1858)

  1. John Deas Thompson, 1832 - 24 July, 1845.[22][23]
  2. John Breaks, 24 July, 1844 - 17 December, 1850.[24][25]
  3. Captain Andrew Drew, 17 December, 1850 - December, 1858.[26][27]

Agent Victualler, Cape of Good Hope (1832-1859)

  1. John Deas Thompson, 1832 - 24 October, 1859.[28][29][30]

Naval Officer-in-Charge, Cape of Good Hope Dockyard (1859-1868)

  1. Captain: James. H. Cockburn, 24 October, 1859 - December, 1864.[31][32] (also NOIC, Victualling Establishments, Simonstown).
  2. Captain: James. H. Cockburn, December, 1864 - 3 September, 1867.[33] (ditto).
  3. Commodore: George G. Randolph, 3 September, 1867 - December, 1868.[34] (ditto).

Naval and Victualing Storekeeper and Accountant (1869-1879)

  1. Captain William R. Fynmore, 6 December, 1869 - 20 March, 1879.[35][36]

Commander, Cape of Good Hope Dockyard (1898-1910)

  1. Staff Commander: Francis Roberts, 19 May, 1898, 19 May, 1903.[37]
  2. Commander: William P. Lodder, 19 May 1903 - 23 June, 1909.[38]
  3. Commander: Maurice H. H. Nelson, 23 June, 1909 - January, 1910.[39]

Chief Engineer, Cape of Good Hope

  1. Fleet Engineer: George Elbrow, 13 December, 1898 - 10 February, 1903.[40]
  2. Engineer Captain: Edwin Little, 10 February, 1903 - 10 January, 1905.[41]
  3. Engineer Commander:Wiiliam F. Hinchcliffe, 10 January, 1905 - 10 January, 1908.[42]
  4. Engineer Commander: William R. Apps, 10 January, 1908 - January, 1910.[43]

Chief Boatswain, Cape of Good Hope

  1. Mr Jas Thornback, 9 January, 1901 - May, 1903.[44]

Chief Gunner (T), Cape of Good Hope

In charge of Torpedo Boats and Torpedo Stores.

  1. Chief Gunner: Joseph Mitchell, 16 October, 1900 - May. 1903.[45]

Naval Store Officer, Cape of Good Hope

  1. Mr. H. F. L. Rissland, 24 December, 1901 - 2 August, 1906.[46]
  2. Mr. R.O. Boggon, 2 August, 1906 - January, 1910. [47][48]

Naval Ordnance Store Officer, Cape of Good Hope

  1. Lieutenant: Christopher H. Deightion, 24 March, 1902 - June 1906.[49]

References

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