Second Naval Lord

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Office of the Second Naval Lord
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Department of Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 3–4 years)
First holderRear-Admiral of the Blue, George Dundas
Final holderAdmiral Sir John Fisher
DeputyThird Naval Lord

The office of the Second Naval Lord was one of the most senior admirals of the British Royal Navy, responsible for personnel and naval shore establishments. The office was first established in 1830 and in 1904 it was replaced by the new office of Second Sea Lord. The office holder was deputy to the First Naval Lord and a naval lord member of the Board of Admiralty during its existence.


In 1805, for the first time, specific functions were assigned to each of the 'Naval' Lords, who were described as 'Professional' Lords, leaving to the 'Civil' Lords the routine business of signing documents.[1] The Second Naval Lord was the second most senior Naval Lord on the Board of Admiralty. In 1904 his office was renamed the Second Sea Lord.

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  1. "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  2. Mackie, Colin (April 2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Gulabin. Scotland: C. Mackie. p. 7. Retrieved 30 June 2019.