Navy Board (Imperial Chinese Navy)
|Navy Board (Haijun Yamen)|
Naval Ensign of the Imperial Chinese Navy
|Part of||Ministry of the Navy|
|Navy HQ||Shanghai, China|
|Imperial Naval Forces||Imperial Chinese Navy|
|Political Head||Imperial Chinese Navy Secretary|
The Navy Board (Haijun Yamen) was established in September, 1885 by the Qing government to oversee all Naval Affairs (Shuishe Yamen) and to centralise administration of the Imperial Chinese Navy. It existed until 1912..
Following the defeat of the Imperial Chinese Navy by the French Navy during the Sino-French War (1884-1885) Qing government officials advised the Guangxu Emperor, Zaitian of the need to establish a centralised Navy Board or navy office to manage strategic naval affairs nationally. In September, 1885 the board was formally constituted and funds were diverted from the Sea Defence Fund. It existed until 1912 when the Qing government was overthrown.