Resident Commissioner Trincomalee

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Office of the Resident Commissioner, Trincomalee
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Navy Board Flag
Navy Office
Member ofNavy Board
Reports toComptroller of the Navy
NominatorFirst Naval Lord
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)

The Resident Commissioner at Trincomalee was the chief representative of the Navy Board based at Trincomalee Dockyard. He was senior official of the yard responsible for the supervision of the principal officers of the yard from 1810 to 1832.[1]


The resident commissioner was responsible for superintending all the officers, artificers and labourers employed at the yard. he controlled payments to all staff and examined their accounts.[2] In addition he contracted and drew down bills on behalf of the Navy Office to supply short falls in naval stores levels.[3]

Office Holders

  1. 1810-1816, Captain Peter Puget.[4]
  2. 1820-1832, Captain Clotworthy Upton.[5]


  1. "Research guide B5: Royal Naval Dockyards". Royal Museums Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site In London. Greenwich, London: Royal Museums Greewich. 11 June 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. Smyth, William Henry (2013). The Sailor's Word-Book: An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms. Cambridge, England.: Cambridge University Press. p. 254. ISBN 9781108061674.
  3. Smyth. p. 254.
  4. Day, John Frederick. (April 2012) ' British Admiralty Control and Naval Power in the Indian Ocean (1793-1815) (Volume 1 of 2)'. Submitted as a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime History, University of Exeter. p. 257.
  5. Office, Admiralty (January 1820). By Authority. The Navy List Corr. to the End of December (etc.) Published Quarterly. London: John Murray. p. 121.