Deputy Comptroller of the Navy

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Office of the Deputy Comptroller of the Navy
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Department of the Admiralty
Member ofNavy Board (1793-1832)
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (usually for life)
Inaugural holderCaptain Edward Le Cras
Formation1793-1816, 1829-1832

The Deputy Comptroller of the Navy[1] was a principle member of the Navy Board of the Royal Navy who was responsible for chairing the Committee of Correspondence and managing all internal and external communications of the Navy Board[2] from 1793 to 1816 and then again from 1829 to 1832. He was based at the Navy Office.


The post of the Deputy Comptroller of the Navy was created in 1793 primarily to relive the Comptroller of the Navy of some of his duties. In 1796 the offices of Clerk of the Acts and the three Comptrollers of Accounts (stores, victualling, treasurers) were abolished following an internal inquiry and audit of the Navy Boards business the Board reconstituted and then placed under the supervision of three Committees, for Correspondence, Accounts and Stores. The deputy comptroller was appointed Chairman of the Committee of Correspondence whose members included the former Clerk of the Acts, the Surveyor of the Navy and the commissioner for the Transport Service. Also in attendance at meetings was the Secretary to the Navy Board.[3] The post was temporarily suspended in 1816, then left vacant until 1829 it then existed until 1832 when the Navy Board was abolished and its functions were merged with the Board of Admiralty's.

Office Holders


Note: the post was temporarily suspended and left vacant


  1. Commons, Great Britain Parliament House of (1831). Parliamentary Papers: 1780-1849. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 41.
  2. FOURTH REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS FOR Revising and Digesting the Civil Affairs of His MAJESTY'S Navy. 1806. p. 89.
  3. FOURTH REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS FOR Revising and Digesting the Civil Affairs of His MAJESTY'S Navy. 1806. p. 90.
  4. Collinge, J.M. "Principal officers and commissioners Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832. Originally published by University of London, London, 1978, British History Online". University of London, 1978, pp.18-25. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. The Gentleman's Magazine: 1801. E. Cave. 1801. p. 1157.
  6. Marshall, John (2010). Royal Naval Biography: Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-Officers, Superannuated Rear-Admirals, Retired-Captains, Post-Captains, and Commanders. Cambridge University Press. p. 60. ISBN 9781108022668.
  7. Chamier, Frederick (2011). Life of a Sailor. Seaforth Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 9781848320970.
  8. Lords, Great Britain House of (1798). Journals of the House of Lords. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 68.
  9. Marshall, John (1827). Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-officers, Superannuated Rear-admirals, Retired-captains, Post-captains, and Commanders, Whose Names Appeared on the Admiralty List of Sea Officers at the Commencement of the Present Year, Or who Have Since Been Promoted; Illustrated by a Series of Historical and Explanatory Notes ... With Copious Addenda: Supplement ... Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green. p. 137.
  10. Marshall, John. "WILLIAM SHIELD, Esq Resident Commissioner of Plymouth Dock-Yard. [Retired Captain". Royal Naval Biography. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  11. Clarke, James Stanier; McArthur, John (2010). The Naval Chronicle: Volume 34, July-December 1815: Containing a General and Biographical History of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom with a Variety of Original Papers on Nautical Subjects. Cambridge University Press. p. 510. ISBN 9781108018739.


  • Clowes. Laird. William. (1899), The Royal Navy, A History from the Earliest Times to Present, Volume IV, Sampson Lowe Marston and Co, London.
  • Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, ed. J M Collinge (London, 1978), British History Online [accessed 9 June 2017].