Director of Naval Construction

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Office of the
Director of Naval Construction
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Department of Admiralty (1875-1958)
Reports toController of the Navy
NominatorFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorChief Naval Architect
First holderSir Nathaniel Barnaby
Final holderSir Victor Shepheard
SuccessionDirector-General, Ships

The Director of Naval Construction was a senior British Royal Navy appointment from 1875 to 1958. The office holder was responsible for the administration and supervision of the Department of the Director of Naval Construction.


This office was established from a renaming of the earlier office of Chief Constructor of the Navy, later called the Chief Naval Architect. In 1875 the former title of chief naval architect then held by Sir Nathaniel Barnaby, was altered to Director of Naval Construction. He continued in this post until 1885 when he was superseded by Sir William Henry White. The final incumbent of the office was Sir Victor Shepheard from 1951 to 1958. In 1958 this postion was renamed to the Director-General, Ships as head of the new Ship Department.[1]

Office Holders



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