North America and West Indies Station

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North America and West Indies Station
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Active1837-1907, 1913-1926
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeNaval Station
Part ofRoyal Navy
Garrison/HQBermuda Dockyard
Bermuda
Commanders
FirstVice Admiral Sir Thomas Harvey
LastVice Admiral Sir James Fergusson

The North America and West Indies Station was a naval station and command of the British Royal Navy from 1837 to 1907 and again from 1913 to 1926 when it was renamed the America and West Indies Station.

Command of the station was vested in the Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station.

History

The naval station was first established in 1837 as a result of an area of change of command replacing the former North America, West Indies and Newfoundland Station. In 1907 it was temporarily deactivated when responsibility for North American waters was passed to the 4th Cruiser Squadron until 1913. The station was reactivated until 1926 when it was renamed the America and West Indies Station.

In Command

Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station

Second-in-Command, North America and West Indies Station

  1. Commodore Thomas Bennett, 7 February 1848 - 13 March, 1851.[1]
  2. Commodore Peter McQuhae, 13 March 1851 - 1852.[2]
  3. Rear-Admiral Robert Stewart Phipps Hornby, March, 1915 – 21 June, 1915.[3]
  4. Rear-Admiral Morgan Singer, 15 December, 1917, (and as Admiral Superintendent at Bermuda).[3]
Flag Captain, North America and West Indies Station
  1. Captain Arthur Bromley, 8th Baronet 19 February, 1920 – 12 September, 1922.[3]
  2. Captain Andrew Browne Cunningham, January, 1928. – July, 1928.[3]
Fleet Gunnery Officer, America and West Indies
  1. Lieutenant-Commander (G) Hugh W. Faulkner, 3 August, 1932 – 1934.[3]
  2. Lieutenant-Commander (G) John D. Shaw-Hamilton, 25 October, 1934.[3]
Fleet Torpedo Officer, America and West Indies
  1. Lieutenant-Commander (T) John H. Allison, 6 September, 1932.[3]
  2. Lieutenant-Commander (T) Ralph Heathcote, 3 January, 1934.[3]
Fleet Signal Officer, America and West Indies
  1. Lieutenant (S) The Hon. Anthony Pleydell-Bouverie, 2 April, 1932.[3]
  2. Lieutenant (S) John R. B. Longden, 11 October, 1934.[3]
Fleet Navigation Officer, America and West Indies
  1. Lieutenant-Commander (N) Hugh A. Taylor, 29 October, 1932.[3]
  2. Lieutenant-Commander (N) Godfrey A. French, 25 October, 1934.[3]

Components

The station encompassed the naval formation the North America and West Indies Squadron along with four divisions including the Barbados Division, Bermuda Division, Jamaica Division and the Halifax Division.[4] It also included the naval shore establishments the Bermuda Dockyard, Esquimalt Dockyard, Halifax Dockyard and Jamaica Dockyard and Royal Naval Coaling Station's at Bermuda, Halifax and in the West Indies.[5]

References

  1. The United Service Magazine: With which are Incorporated the Army and Navy Magazine and Naval and Military Journal. London: H. Colburn. 1870. p. 446.
  2. p. 446.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (30 November 2020). "North America and West Indies Station - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. Tucker, Gilbert Norman (1962). The Naval Service of Cananda 'It's Official History' (PDF) (1 ed.). Ottawa, Canada.: Ministry of National Defence, Canada. pp. 50–51.
  5. Tucker. pp.50-51.