Department of the Chief Constructor of the Navy

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Department of the Chief Constructor of the Navy
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Department overview
Formed1848
Preceding Department
  • Office of the Assistant Surveyor of the Navy
Dissolved1875
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersLondon, England
Department executive
  • Chief Constructor of the Navy
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Department of the Chief Constructor of the Navy was established in 1848 it replaced the Office of the Assistant Surveyor of the Navy. The department was responsible for the design and construction of the warships of the Royal Navy. The department was administered by the Chief Constructor of the Navy until 1875 when it was replaced by the Department of the Director of Naval Construction.

History

The department evolved out of the earlier Office of the Assistant Surveyor of the Navy (1832-1848). In 1848 the post of the Assistant Surveyor of the Navy was renamed Chief Constructor of the Navy. The chief constructor was originally head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors and members of the corps were responsible for the designing and building of warships, whether they were built in the Royal Dockyards (such as Chatham) or contracted out to private industry (such as Armstrong Whitworth). The department was responsible for the design and construction of the warships of the Royal Navy. In 1875 it was replaced by the Department of the Director of Naval Construction.

Head of Department

Chief Constructor of the Navy

  1. Isaac Watts (1848-1867).[1]
  2. Sir Edward James Reed (1867-1870).[2]
  3. Sir Nathaniel Barnaby (1870-1872).[3]

Chief Naval Architect

  1. Sir Nathaniel Barnaby (1872-1875).[4]

Component Departments and Offices

  1. Admiralty Experiment Works (1872-1875)

References

  1. Brown, David K. (1995). "British Warship Design Methods 1860-1905". Warship International. 32 (1): 59–82. ISSN 0043-0374.
  2. Warship International. pp.59–82.
  3. Warship International. pp.59–82.
  4. Warship International. pp.59–82.