Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy

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Office of the
Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toThird Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty,
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
First holderChief Inspector of Machinery James Wright
Final holderChief Inspector of Machinery James Wright
SuccessionEngineer-in-Chief of the Fleet

The Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy was a senior Royal Navy flag officer appointment first established in 1869 and existed until May 1887, when it was renamed to Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet.

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

Office Holders

  1. Chief Inspector of Machinery: James Wright, 1869–May 1887.[1]


  1. Rippon, Peter M. (1988). Evolution of Engineering in the Royal Navy: 1827-1939. Staplehurst, UK: Spellmount Ltd. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-946771-55-4.