Storekeeper-General of the Navy

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Office of the Storekeeper-General of the Navy
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toThird Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Formation1829–1869
First holderRear-Admiral: Robert Gambier Middleton
Final holderHon. Robert Saunders Dundas

The Storekeeper-General of the Navy was initially a senior appointment and principal commissioner Navy Board created in 1829. In 1832 the navy board was abolished and this office holder then became a member of the Board of Admiralty until 1869, when his office was abolished and his respnsibilities were assumed by the Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy.[1]

The office holder was responsible for the control and supervision of the Department of the Storekeeper-General of the Navy.

History

This office was established in 1829 as an appointment to the Navy Board. In 1832 following the reforms of the naval service by the First Lord of the Admiralty Sir James Graham he abolished the Navy Board, the Storekeeper-General was one of the five Principal Officers who took up its duties. He was charged, under the supervision of a member of the Board, with the maintenance of stock at the naval depots, acting, in regard to shipbuilding materials, in conjunction with the Surveyor of the Navy, and it was his duty to arrange for the purchase of goods to replenish stock, and for the examination of store accounts.[2]

With the reorganisation of 1868 to 1869, the office of Storekeeper-General was abolished, and his purchasing powers, with those of the Comptroller of Victualling, were transferred to the then newly-created Contract and Purchase Department under the supervision of a Director of Navy Contracts, while the storekeeping duties were given in charge to the Controller of the Navy, under him was established a new post the Superintendent of Stores, who administered the Naval Stores Department.[3]

Office Holders

Footnotes

  1. Hamilton, Admiral Sir Richard, Vesey (1896). "IV: The Director of Stores". Naval administration; the constitution, character, and functions of the Board of admiralty, and of the civil departments it directs. London: G. Bell and Sons.
  2. Hamilton. Chapter IV.
  3. Hamilton. Chapter IV.
  4. Collinge, J. M. (1978). "Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z . British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 116–152. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. Cave, Edward; Nichols, John (1837). "The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year: Obituary". The Gentleman's Magazine. Edw. Cave, 1736-[1868]: 533. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

Bibliography

  1. Cave, Edward; Nichols, John (1837). "The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year: Obituary". The Gentleman's Magazine. Edw. Cave, 1736-[1868]: 533. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  2. Collinge, J. M. (1978). "Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z . British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 116–152. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. Hamilton, Admiral Sir Richard, Vesey (1896). "IV: The Director of Stores". Naval administration; the constitution, character, and functions of the Board of admiralty, and of the civil departments it directs. London: G. Bell and Sons.