Controller-General of the Coastguard

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Controller-General of the Coastguard
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Preceding
post:
Comptroller-General of the Preventive Waterguard
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service Branch:Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
HQ:Coast Guard Office
Commands:H.M. Coastguard
Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Appointed by:First Lord of the Admiralty
Reports to:Second Naval Lord
Term:2-4 years
Established:1856
First Holder:Captain
Chas Eden
Abolished:January 1869
Final Holder:Rear-Admiral
John W. Tarleton
Superintend's:Coast Guard Service
Succeeding
post:
Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves

The Controller-General of the Coastguard was a senior Royal Navy appointment first established in 1822 as the Controller-General of the Preventive Waterguard. The preventative wateguard was later renamed the coast guard. In 1856 control over the coast guard passed to the Board of Admiralty when this office was established as the Controller-General of the Coastguard. In 1869 his office was replaced by the Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves.[1]

The office holder commanded the Coast Guard Office.

History

By Treasury minute of 15 January 1822 the Comptroller-General of the Preventive Waterguard and his staff, and the Admiralty and Excise revenue cruisers, were transferred to the Board of Customs. The Preventive Waterguard, renamed the Coastguard in 1822, was thereafter extended to the whole of the United Kingdom. The superintendence of the Controller-General of the Coastguard, who operated from a Coast Guard Office at headquarters in London. In 1856 office of the Controller-General of the Coastguard was transferred from the Board of Customs to the Board of Admiralty. In January 1869 this office was replaced by the the office of the Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves.[2]

Office Holders

  • Captain Chas Eden: April-January 1857, (held post from December 1855).[3][4]
  • Commodore Chas Eden: December 1858-3 August 1859.[5]
  • Commodore Hastings R. Yelverton, C.B. 3 August 1859-December 1864.[6][7]
  • Commodore Alfred P. Ryder: December 1864-December 1868.[8][9]
  • Rear-Admiral John W. Tarleton. CB. December 1868-January 1869.[10]

Duties

At various times his duties were:[11]

  • Co-operate with the Commissioners of Customs.
  • Co-operate with the Board of Trade.
  • Keep the district ships ready and efficient for mobilization and make arrangements for making up their sea-going complements.
  • Manage and supervise the Royal Naval Reserve.
  • Manage and supervise the Royal Naval Volunteers.
  • Manage and supervise the Seamen and Marine Pensioners' Reserve.
  • Organise official inspection visits to coast stations of the Coastguard, drill-ships and batteries of the Naval Reserve.
  • Promote below the rank of Chief Officer
  • Submit to the Board of Admiralty promotions to the rank of Chief Officer
  • Superintend H M Coastguard.
  • Visit mercantile training ships and arrange training if needed.

Footnotes

  1. Archives, The National (2019). "Records of the Coastguard 1816-1947". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: National Archives of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. National Archives of the United Kingdom
  3. Admiralty, British (June 1856). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 186.
  4. Admiralty, British (January 1857). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 184.
  5. Admiralty, British (December 1858). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 183.
  6. Admiralty, British (December 1859). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 190.
  7. Admiralty, British (December 1861). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 213.
  8. Admiralty, British (December 1864). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 245.
  9. Admiralty, British (December 1866). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 245.
  10. Admiralty, British (December 1868). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 258.
  11. Hamilton, Sir Richard Vesey (2009). "5". Naval Administration: The Constitution, Character, and Functions of the Board of Admiralty, and of the Civil Departments it Directs. Cornell University Library. pp. 101–104. ISBN 9781112534539.

Bibliography

  1. Archives, The National (2019). "Records of the Coastguard 1816-1947". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: National Archives of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. Admiralty, British (June 1856). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray.
  3. Admiralty, British (December 1864). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray.
  4. Hamilton, Sir Richard Vesey (2009). "5". Naval Administration: The Constitution, Character, and Functions of the Board of Admiralty, and of the Civil Departments it Directs. Cornell University Library. ISBN 9781112534539.

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