Department of the Superintendent of Naval Stores
|Jurisdiction||Government of the United Kingdom|
|Parent department||Department of Admiralty|
The Department of the Superintendent of Naval Stores and previously known as the Department of the Storekeeper-General of the Navy was the British Admiralty department responsible for managing and maintaining naval stores and the issuing of materials at naval dockyards and establishments for the building, fitting and repairing of Royal Navy warships from 1869 to 1876 when it was replaced by a new department, the Department of the Director of Naval Stores.
The Department of the Superintendent of Naval Stores was first established in April 1869 initially under the control of a Superintendent of Naval Stores as head of the department, he took over the store keeping and distribution duties previously administered by the Department of the Storekeeper-General of the Navy who post was abolished following reorganisation within the Admiralty Department. In 1876 the Superintendent of Naval Stores was renamed as the Director of Stores as its principle officer in charge now of Department of the Superintendent of Naval Stores. This department was responsible for the storing and provisioning of materiel stores for the Royal Navy, and for supplying all naval shore establishments at both home and abroad including all foreign stations. It managed the stores for the Department of the Director Dockyards, the Department of Naval Construction, Department of the Comptroller of Victualling and Transport Services and the Department of Naval Ordnance including all Royal Naval and Engineering Colleges the department was superintended by the office of the Third Sea Lord. In 1961 the Victualling Department was amalgamated within the Naval Stores Department, though remained autonomous. In 1964 the department survived amalgamation of the Admiralty into the new Ministry of Defence until 1966 when it was integrated with three other departments (Armament Supply, Movements and Victualling) to form the new Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service.
Head of Department
- Mr. Nelson Girdlestone, 13 April 1869 – 23 January 1872 
- Mr. Coghlan McLean Hardy, 23 January 1872– 1876 
- Navy Board, Controller of Storekeepers Accounts, 1671-1796
- Navy Board, Stores Department, 1796-1829
- Navy Board, Store-Keeper General of the Navy, 1829-1832
- Board of Admiralty, Department of the Store-Keeper General of the Navy, 1832-1869
- Board of Admiralty, Superintendent of Naval Stores, 1869-1876
- Board of Admiralty, Department of the Director of Naval Stores, 1876-1966
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