Steam Department

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The Steam Department was a subsidiary of the Department of Admiralty established on 19 April, 1837. It was superintended by Comptroller of the Steam Machinery and Packet Department.[1]. Additionally the comptroller as head of the Packet Department (established January, 1837) also oversaw the Packet Service.[2] In 1846 it was renamed the Department of the Comptroller of the Steam Machinery,[3] which in turn became the Department of the Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy in 1860.[4]

Head of Department

Comptroller of the Steam Machinery and Packet Department

  1. Captain Sir William Edward Parry, 1837-1846.[5]


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  2. Navy, Royal. "Sultan Air and Marine Engineers celebrate branch birthday". Ministry of Defence UK. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. Rippon, P.M. (1988). Evolution of engineering in the Royal Navy. Staplehurst, England.: Spellmount Ltd. p. 43. ISBN 9780946771554.
  4. Rippon. p.43.
  5. Winfield, Rif (2014). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Barnsley, England.: Seaforth Publishing. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-4738-4962-4.