Resident Commissioner of the Navy

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Resident Commissioner of the Navy
Flag of the Navy Board 1801 to 1832.jpg
Flag of the Navy Board 1801 to 1832
Reports toNavy Board
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Appointer[First Lord of the Admiralty]]
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–2 years)
Formation1690-1832

The Resident Commissioner of the Navy also refereed to as the Commissioner of the Dockyard was a former senior appointment to the Navy Board, the post holder was responsible for the day to management of Royal Navy Dockyards in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Overseas Territories from 1690 to 1832.[1] All resident commissioners were usually experienced sea officers holding the ranks of post captain or captain sometimes commodore or rear-admiral that were appointed to civil shore roles.

History

From 1690 until 1832 oversight of the local Royal Naval Dockyard (if any); including ships laid up in ordinary were overseen by an independent Navy Board official: called a Resident Commissioner of the Navy. In the fulfillment of his duties each resident was assisted by five then later six principle officers of the dockyard establishment. These included the Master-Attendant, Master-Shipwright, Storekeeper, Clerk of the Cheque and Clerk of the Ropeyard and Clerk of the Survey.[2]

The resident commissioners duties were mainly supervisory. They were responsible for enforcing the Navy Board's regulations, orders and instructions which were then passed on to the principal officers of the yard.[3] He additionally acted as a liaison between the large naval elements at ports and dockyards for example a Commander-in-Chief or Port Admiral and reported the movements of all ships at Royal Navy Dockyards to the board.[4]

By an Order in Council dated June 27th 1832 the role of the Resident Commissioner was replaced by an Admiral-Superintendent who was appointed directly by the Board of Admiralty.[5]

Locations of Resident Commissioners of the Navy

  1. Resident Commissioner Amherstburg
  2. Resident Commissioner Antigua
  3. Resident Commissioner Ascension
  4. Resident Commissioner Barbados
  5. Resident Commissioner Bermuda
  6. Resident Commissioner Bombay
  7. Resident Commissioner Cadiz
  8. Resident Commissioner Cape of Good Hope
  9. Resident Commissioner Chatham
  10. Resident Commissioner Corsica
  11. Resident Commissioner Deptford
  12. Resident Commissioner Devonport
  13. Resident Commissioner Gibraltar
  14. Resident Commissioner Harwich
  15. Resident Commissioner Jamaica
  16. Resident Commissioner Kingston Ontario
  17. Resident Commissioner Kinsale
  18. Resident Commissioner Lisbon
  19. Resident Commissioner Madras
  20. Resident Commissioner Malta
  21. Resident Commissioner, Penang
  22. Resident Commissioner Plymouth
  23. Resident Commissioner Port Mahon
  24. Resident Commissioner Portsmouth
  25. Resident Commissioner Quebec
  26. Resident Commissioner Sheerness
  27. Resident Commissioner Trincomalee
  28. Resident Commissioner Woolwich
  29. Resident Commissioner, Halifax

Footnotes

  1. Bateman, Michael; Riley, Raymond (2015). The Geography of Defence. Cambridge: Routledge. p. 104. ISBN 9781317333951.
  2. Bateman, Michael; Riley, Raymond (2015). The Geography of Defence. Cambridge: Routledge. p. 104. ISBN 9781317333951.
  3. Haas, J. M. (1994). A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914. Lanham, Maryland, United States: University Press of America. p. 9. ISBN 9780819194619.
  4. Haas, J. M. (1994). A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914. Lanham, Maryland, United States: University Press of America. p. 9. ISBN 9780819194619.
  5. Moseley, Brian (6 May 2017). "Commissioner of the Dockyard". olddevonport.uk. Plymouth, England: B. Moseley.

Bibliography

  1. Bateman, Michael; Riley, Raymond (2015). The Geography of Defence. Cambridge: Routledge. ISBN 9781317333951.
  2. Haas, J. M. (1994). A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914. Lanham, Maryland, United States: University Press of America. ISBN 9780819194.
  3. Moseley, Brian (2017). "Commissioner of the Dockyard". olddevonport.uk. Plymouth, England: B. Moseley.