Department of the Director of Transports

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Department of the Director of Transports
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Admiralty Department overview
Formed1862
Dissolved1903
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
HeadquartersSomerset House, Whitehall, London
Admiralty Department executive
  • Director of Transports
Parent departmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Department of the Director of Transports was a department of the British Admiralty established in 1862, it was a logistical support branch of the Royal Navy responsible for the provision of transportation services. In 1903 the department was renamed the Transport Department .

The department was controlled and directed by the Director of Transports.[1]

History

The origins of the department began with the Transport Board established in 1686. In 1817 the Transport Board was itself abolished, its duties being divided between the Navy Board, which set up its own Transport Branch, and the Victualling Board, which took over the medical commissioner as well as setting up its own Transport Service. When the Navy and Victualling Boards were abolished in 1832 transport duties were assigned to the Department of the Comptroller of Victualling and Transport Services, but in 1862 that office was divided and a separate Director of Transports appointed, heading the Department of the Director of Transports, under the superintendence of the Fourth Naval Lord, for transporting troops and seamen and Navy and Army stores. In 1903 the department was renamed the Transport Department. In March 1917 the Transport Department was incorporated in the Ministry of Shipping as part of the Department of the Shipping Controller, the Naval Transports Service was then renamed Sea Transport Service. In April 1921 its functions were transferred to the Board of Trades Mercantile Marine Department again retaining its name Sea Transport Department (Board of Trade). The Fourth Sea Lord continued to have an interest in the planning and operations of the Transport Service, and especially during the Second World War. In 1940 the Board of Trade department moved back to a new department the Ministry of War Transport that was created following the merger of the Ministry of Shipping with the Ministry of Transport whilst still retaining the same name until 1946. The same year the Ministry of War Transport was didbanded after World War Two and the former departments were reinstated and the Sea Transport Department (Ministry of Shipping) continued until 1967 when its was renamed the Sea Transport Division (Ministry of Shipping).

Head of Department

Director of Transports

Deputy Director of Transports

Note:Title is changed to Assistant Director of Transports

Assistant Director of Transports

Civil Assistant Director of Transports

Naval Assistant to the Director of Transports

Consulting Officer, Indian Troop Service

Surveyor of Shipping

Inspector of Shipping

Chief Inspector of Shipping

Inspector of Shipping
Assistant Inspector of Shipping
  1. Mr H. E. Parlett. October, 1898 - January, 1901.[2][3][4]
  2. Mr F. H. Bevan. May, 1902 - December, 1903.[5]

India Branch

Superintendent of Transports, India Branch
  1. Rowley. W. C. Richardson. December 1875-December 1879.[6][7][8]

Superintending Transport Officer for Coal at Cardiff

  1. Captain: W. McC. Maturin. (retired), January, 1901 - May, 1903.[9][10]
  2. Captain: William F. Tunnard. May, 1903 - December, 1903.[11]

Secretariat

Chief Clerk
  1. Charles Champ. December 1861-December 1864.[12]
  2. William Willis, December 1864-December 1866.[13][14]
Senior Clerk
  1. W. F. Baughan. December 1875-December 1879.[15][16][17]
Superintending Clerk
  1. G. D. Laycock. October, 1898 - February 1900.[18]
  2. J. A. Strong. February, 1900 - May 1903.[19][20][21][22]

Structure of the Transport Department

At various ports both in the United Kingdom and overseas responsibility for the provision of transportation service lay with appointed officials called a Principal Naval Transport Officer or a Divisional Naval Transport Officer these positions were often filled by a retired officer – as conditions required.

Ports and Stations UK and Ireland

  1. Avonmouth. Admiralty Transport Officer, Avonmouth
  2. Cardiff. Admiralty Transport Officer, Cardiff
  3. Deptford. Admiralty Transport Officer, Deptford.[23]
  4. Kingstown. Admiralty Transport Officer, Kingstown. [24]
  5. Liverpool — Admiralty Transport Officer, Liverpool.[25][26]
  6. Newcastle, Admiralty Transport Officer, Newcastle
  7. Newhaven. Admiralty Transport Officer, Newhaven
  8. Port of London. Admiralty Transport Officer, Port of London
  9. Southampton — Admiralty Transport Officer, Southampton.[27]
  10. Thames — Admiralty Transport Officer, Thames.[28]

Ports and Stations Overseas

  1. Cape Town — Principal Transport Officer, Cape Town.[29]
  2. Dieppe.
  3. Dunkirk.
  4. Durban — Divisional Transport Officer, Durban.[30]
  5. Mudros.
  6. New Zealand.[31]
  7. Rouen.
  8. Salonika.
  9. Taranto.

Timeline

As listed under headings in Royal Navy Lists:

  • Navy Board, Transport Board, 1686-1817
  • Navy Board, Transport Branch, 1817-1832
  • Board of Admiralty, Comptroller of Victualling and Transport Services, 1832-1862
  • Board of Admiralty, Department of the Director of Transports, 1862-1903
  • Board of Admiralty, Transport Department, 1903-1916
  • Ministry of Shipping, Transport Department, 1917-1921
  • Board of Trade, Mercantile Marine Department, Sea Transport Department, 1921-41
  • Ministry of War Transport, Sea Transport Department, 1941-1946
  • Ministry of Shipping, Sea Transport Department, 1946-1967
  • Ministry of Shipping, Sea Transport Division, 1968-1970
  • Board of Trade, Sea Transport Branch, 1970

Footnotes

  1. Admiralty, British (December 1864). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. pp. 244–245.
  2. Navy List, Oct. 1898. p.424.
  3. Navy List, Feb. 1900. p.424.
  4. Navy List, Jan. 1901. p.424.
  5. Navy List, May. 1902. p.424.
  6. Navy List, Dec. 1875. p.230.
  7. Navy List, Jun. 1878. p.297.
  8. Navy List, Dec. 1879. pp.297-298.
  9. Navy List, Jan. 1901. p.424.
  10. Navy List, May. 1902. p.424.
  11. Navy List, May. 1903. p.427.
  12. Navy List, Dec. 1861. p.224.
  13. Navy List, Dec. 1864. pp.244-245.
  14. Navy List, Dec. 1866. p.245.
  15. Navy List, Dec. 1875. p.230.
  16. Navy List, Jun. 1878. p.297.
  17. Navy List, Dec. 1879. pp.297-298.
  18. Navy List, Oct. 1898. p.424.
  19. Navy List, Feb. 1900. p.424.
  20. Navy List, Jan. 1901. p.424.
  21. Navy List, May. 1902. p.424.
  22. Navy List, May. 1903. p.427.
  23. Navy List, Dec. 1864. pp.244-245.
  24. Navy List, Dec. 1864. pp.244-245.
  25. Navy List, Dec. 1864. pp.244-245.
  26. Navy List, May. 1903. p. 427.
  27. Navy List, May. 1903. p. 427.
  28. Navy List, May. 1903. p. 427.
  29. Navy List, May. 1903. p. 427.
  30. Navy List, May. 1903. p. 427.
  31. Navy List, Dec. 1864. pp.244-245.