Naval Department

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Naval Department
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Department overview
Formed1877
Preceding Department
Dissolved1882
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Department executives
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Naval Department also formally known as Department of the Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty and originally known as the Secretary's Department, was the Civil Service department responsible for the control, direction and guidance of all administrative functions of the British Admiralty from 1877 to 1882, it was controlled and directed by the Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty. In 1882 the office of the naval secretary was abolished and the former permanent secretary's office was reinstated at which point this department was renamed the Department of the Permanent Secretary.[1]

The Naval Department was responsible for coordinating all the work between all the branches, departments, divisions, offices, sections of the Department of Admiralty.

History

By Order in Council of 19 March, 1872, it was decreed that there were to be three secretaries to the Board of Admiralty; the Parliamentary Secretary, the Permanent Secretary, and a Naval Secretary. Accordingly, Captain Robert Hall was appointed Naval Secretary to the Board on 8 May, for a term in office of ten years. Speaking in the House of Commons on 18 March, 1872, the First Lord of the Admiralty, George J. Goschen, expressed the belief that a Naval Secretary would relieve the strain on the Parliamentary and Permanent Secretaries.[2]

In 1882 the office of the naval secretary was abolished and the former permanent secretary's office was reinstated at which point this department was renamed the Department of the Permanent Secretary.[3]

Head of Department

Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty

  1. Vice-Admiral: Robert Hall, 8 May, 1872 – 8 May, 1882.

Deputy Head of Department

Chief Clerk

Note: Title is changed to assistant secretary and principal clerk.

Assistant Secretary and Principal Permanent Clerk

  • 1881–1882, Mr. Edwin N. Swainson.[7][8]

Notes: Swanison transferred as Assistant Secretary and Principal Permanent Clerk of the Department of the Permanent Secretary until 1885.

Components

  1. Admiralty Secretariat (Naval Department) (1877-1882)
  2. Assistant Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty. (1877–1882).
  3. Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty. (1877–1882).
  4. Private Secretary to the First Naval Lord. (1877–1882).
  5. Private Secretary to the Second Naval Lord.(1877–1882).
  6. Private Secretary to the Controller of the Navy (1877–1882).
  7. Private Secretary to the Junior Naval Lord (1877–1882).
  8. Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (1877–1882).

Footnotes

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (29 August 2018). "Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. Harley and Lovell
  3. Harley and Lovell
  4. Admiralty, British (September 1877). The Navy list. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 231.
  5. Admiralty, British (June 1878). The Navy list. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 297.
  6. Admiralty, British (December 1879). The Navy list. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 297.
  7. "The Q.P. Index Annual for 1885". The Nation. William McCrillis Griswold. 40: 855. 1 January 1885.
  8. Admiralty, British (September 1881). The Navy list. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 297.