Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet

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Office of the
Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toThird Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty,
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorEngineer-in-Chief of the Navy
Formation1889
First holderChief Inspector of Machinery Richard Sennett
Final holderVice-Admiral (E) Sir Frank Trowbridge Mason
Abolished1960
SuccessionChief Naval Engineer Officer

The Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet was a senior Royal Navy flag officer appointment first established in May 1887, when it replaced the earlier Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy. The office was abolished in 1960 and was restyled as Chief Naval Engineer Officer.

The office holder was head of the Engineering Branch of the navy.

History

On 1 May 1887 the office Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet was created replacing the earlier office of Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy as head of the Royal Navy's Engineering Branch. In 1959 a former Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet Vice-Admiral – Sir Harold A. Brown recommended substituting 'Chief Naval Engineer Officer' as a title for the former 'Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet'.[1]

Office Holders

Included:[2]

  1. Chief Inspector of Machinery – Richard Sennett, 1 May, 1887
  2. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir A. John Durston, 6 May, 1889
  3. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir Henry J. Oram, 25 October, 1907
  4. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir George G. Goodwin, 8 June, 1917
  5. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir Robert B. Dixon, 8 June, 1922
  6. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir Reginald W. Skelton, 1 May, 1928
  7. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir Harold A. Brown, 1932 – 12 September, 1936.
  8. Engineer Vice-Admiral – Sir George Preece, 12 September, 1936
  9. Vice-Admiral (E) – John Kingcome, 1945-1947.[3]
  10. Vice-Admiral (E) – Sir Denys Chester Ford, 1947-1950.
  11. Vice-Admiral (E) – Hon. Sir Denis Crichton Maxwell, 1950 – 1953.[4]
  12. Vice-Admiral (E) – Sir Frank Trowbridge Mason, 1953-1954.[5]
  13. Vice-Admiral Sir Norman Eric Dalton, 1957 – 1959.[6]

References

  1. "Biography:Brown, Sir Harold Arthur, Vice-Admiral, 1878-1968". collections.rmg.co.uk. Greenwich, England.: Royal Museums Greenwich. 31 December 1968. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (5 March 2018). "Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. Tweedie, Andrew. "John Kingcome". www.gracesguide.co.uk. Graces Guide. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  4. "Maxwell, Vice-Adm. Hon. Sir Denis (Crichton), (26 Sept. 1892–16 Jan. 1970)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford England: Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u54671. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. "1964 Vice-Admiral Sir Frank Trowbridge Mason - Institution of Mechanical Engineers". archives.imeche.org. London, United Kingdom.: Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. "Dalton, Vice-Adm. Sir Norman (Eric), (1 Feb. 1904–27 Jan. 1992)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u171964. Retrieved 29 June 2020.