Kinsale Dockyard

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HM Dockyard Kinsale
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Kinsale in Ireland
Site information
OperatorNavy Royal, Royal Navy
Controlled byNavy Board
Site history
In use1647-1812
Installation information
Past
commanders
Commissioner of the Navy, Kinsale
OccupantsIrish Squadron

Kinsale Dockyard was a British Royal Navy overseas base located at Kinsale, Ireland from 1647 to 1812.[1]

History

Map of Kinsale Harbour in 1741 from the collection of Royal Museums Greenwich, London, England

Kinsale is a port in County Cork Ireland, where the Royal Navy established a naval station in the mid 17th century, it consisted of a dockyard that was manned with staff, including locally known shipwrights at the time from Chudleigh family, such as John Chudleigh who was later succeeded as Master Shipwright at the yard by his son Thomas Chudeleigh.[2] In 1650 victualling facilities were established at the yard.[3] From 1694 onward Kinsale operated as a supply base for naval vessels in southern Ireland, and a number of storehouses were built; it was limited to handling smaller vessels that was due to the sandbar at the mouth of the River Bandon.[4]. The dockyards importance declined after the Royal Navy started moving its victualling centre from Kinsale to Cork harbour in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars that was completed by 1811.

The dockyard served as one of the bases for the Royal Navy's Irish Squadron.[5]

Administration of the dockyard and other key officials

Responsibility for naval dockyards rested with the Navy Board until 1832, local superintendence being exercised by civilian resident commissioners. On the abolition of the Navy Board, responsibility passed to the Board of Admiralty. At the Admiralty, dockyards were under the control of the surveyor (later controller of the Navy); at the dockyards, naval superintendents replaced the civilian commissioners. A surveyor (from 1885 director) of dockyards with his own department was appointed in 1872; he was under the superintendence of the controller of the Navy.[6]

Below are incomplete lists of key officials associated with the dockyard.

Resident Commissioner, Kinsale

Clerk of the Cheque Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[7]

  • 1676, William Penn

Master Attendant at Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[8]

  • 1694-1712, Bartholomew Clements
  • 1744-1748, Thomas Martin

Master Caulker, Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[9]

  • 1647-1652, John Chudeleigh [10]
  • 1718-1719, Henry Knight

Master Shipwright at Kinsale Dockyard

Master Sailmaker at Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[11]

  • 1745, Stephen Harris

Muster Master at Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[12]

  • 1705, John Griffin[13]
  • 1724-1725, John Bridger
  • 1725-1752, Daniel Furzer
  • 1753, Thomas Foxworthy
  • 1783, John Heard [14]

Storekeeper at Kinsale Dockyard

Included:[15]

  • 1705, John Griffin[16]
  • 1724-1725, John Bridger
  • 1725-1752, Daniel Furzer
  • 1753, Thomas Foxworthy
  • 1783-1789 John Heard [17]
  • 1789-? Warham Jemmett Brown

References

  1. Cock, Randolph; Rodger, N.A.M. (2008). "A Guide to the Naval records in the National Archives of the UK" (PDF). London, England: Institute of Historical Research, University of London. p. 213. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. Murphy, Elaine (2012). Ireland and the War at Sea, 1641-1653. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer Ltd. pp. 84–85. ISBN 9780861933181.
  3. Murphy. pp.84-85.
  4. Coad, Jonathan (2013). Support for the Fleet: Engineering and architecture of the Royal Navy's bases, 1700–1914. Swindon, UK: English Heritage.
  5. Davies, J. D. (20 November 2008). Pepys's navy : ships, men & warfare, 1649-1689. Barnsley, England: Seaforth. p. 194. ISBN 9781848320147.
  6. "Records of Dockyards". www.discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: The National Archives UK. 1690–1981. Retrieved 2 March 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)30px This section contains some copied content from this source, which is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0. © Crown copyright.
  7. "William Penn, Clerk of the Cheque and Thomas Chudleigh, Master Shipwright, Kinsale. Receipt of order and will survey the King's houses in possession of the victuallers". www.nationalarchives.co.uk. Kew, England: The National Archives, UK. 11 January 1676. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Master Attendant at Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S . Harrison. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Master Caulker at Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S. Harrison. Retrieved 3 March 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  10. Murphy. pp.84-85.
  11. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Master Sailmaker at Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S. Harrison. Retrieved 3 March 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  12. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Muster Master at Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S. Harrison. Retrieved 3 March 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  13. Stockdale, John (1802). The Parliamentary Register: Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons. London, England: J. Stockdale. p. 2.
  14. "John Heard, mustermaster and storekeeper at Kinsale Dockyard; Joseph Green, purser; William Veasey, gunner; John Taylor, gunner; Benjamin Evans, gunner; Richard Edgcumbe, gunner; Aaron Fletcher, carpenter; Henry Simpson, master at arms; John Wybrown, boatswain; John McDougal, gunner; George Wilson, gunner; Robert Johnstone, gunner; Thomas Salisbury, gunner; Thomas Hand, Lieutenant. Warrants or commissions for service at this rank in the Royal Navy". www.nationalarchives.co.uk. Kew, London, England: The National Archives UK. 1783. Retrieved 3 March 2019. ADM 6/23 - Commission and Warrant Book
  15. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Storekeeper at Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S. Harrison. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  16. Stockdale. p.2.
  17. "John Heard, mustermaster and storekeeper at Kinsale Dockyard; Joseph Green, purser; William Veasey, gunner; John Taylor, gunner; Benjamin Evans, gunner; Richard Edgcumbe, gunner; Aaron Fletcher, carpenter; Henry Simpson, master at arms; John Wybrown, boatswain; John McDougal, gunner; George Wilson, gunner; Robert Johnstone, gunner; Thomas Salisbury, gunner; Thomas Hand, Lieutenant. Warrants or commissions for service at this rank in the Royal Navy". www.nationalarchives.co.uk. Kew, London, England: The National Archives UK. 1783. Retrieved 3 March 2019. ADM 6/23 - Commission and Warrant Book

Bibliography

  1. Coad, Jonathan (2013). Support for the Fleet: Engineering and architecture of the Royal Navy's bases, 1700–1914. Swindon, UK: English Heritage.
  2. Cock, Randolph; Rodger, N.A.M. (2008). "A Guide to the Naval records in the National Archives of the UK" (PDF). London, England: Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
  3. Clowes, William Laird; Markham, Clements R. (Clements Robert) (1897–1903). The royal navy, a history from the earliest times to the present. London: S. Low, Marston.
  4. Davies, J. D. (20 November 2008). Pepys's navy : ships, men & warfare, 1649-1689. Barnsley, England: Seaforth. p. 194.ISBN 9781848320147.
  5. Harrison, Simon (2010–2018). "Kinsale Dockyard, Offices associated with Kinsale Dockyard". threedecks.org. S . Harrison.
  6. Murphy, Elaine (2012). Ireland and the War at Sea, 1641-1653. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer Ltd. ISBN 9780861933181.
  7. "Records of Dockyards". (1690–1981). www.discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: The National Archives UK.
  8. Stockdale, John (1802). The Parliamentary Register: Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons. London, England:

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