Victualling Office

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Victualling Office
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Office overview
Formed(1683-1832)
Preceding Office
Superseding department
JurisdictionKingdom of England Kingdom of England Kingdom of Great Britain Kingdom of Great Britain United Kingdom United Kingdom
HeadquartersLondon
Office executive
  • Chairman of Commissioners for the Victualling of the Navy
Parent OfficeNavy Office

The Victualling Office [1] was the British Navy Office department responsible for civil administration of Victualling Yards and the storing and supply of Naval Victuals for the Royal Navy from 1683 to 1832. The office was the headquarters of the Victualling Board.

History

The Victualling Office was the British Navy Office department responsible for civil administration of Victualling Yards and the storing and supply of Naval Victuals for the Royal Navy from 1683 to 1832. The office was administered by the Victualling Board and was located at the Navy Office. Following the abolition of the Navy Board in 1832 the Board of Admiralty assumed all functions of the former Navy Board and created a new Department of the Comptroller of Victualling and Transport Services.

Departments

The departments were under the direct supervision of the seven comptrollers of the Victualling Board individually responsible for a particular area of victualling activity, each comptroller was assigned a chief clerk.The chairman of the victualling board personally supervised the cash department.[2]

  1. Brew-House Department.[3]
  2. Cash Department.[4]
  3. Copperage Department.[5]
  4. Cutting-House Department.[6]
  5. Dry Goods Department.[7]
  6. Hoytaking Department.[8]
  7. Store Department.[9]
  8. Victualling Stores Department.[10]

Secretariat

  1. Office of the Secretary to the Victualling Board.[11]

The victualling secretariat consisted of the office of the Secretary to the Victualling Board, who was supported in his role by the Chief Clerk to the Secretary to the Victualling Board. He additionally held the title Deputy Secretary to the Victualling Board.[12] In each of the separate departments additional Chief Clerks were appointed to each of the superintending comptrollers and to supervise the work of that department and their clerical staff.[13]

Victualling Yards

Throughout the victualling offices existence the Royal Navy had until 1832 used appointed agent subcontractors for the supply of victuals they were assigned to ports both at home and abroad. Victualling Yards were usually established adjacent to H.M. Dockyards.

Home Victualling Yards

Victualling establishments included:[14]

  1. Victualling Yard, Chatham.
  2. Victualling Yard, Deptford, (Royal Victoria).[15]
  3. Victualling Yard, Dover.
  4. Victualling Yard, Harwich.
  5. Victualling Yard, Haulbowline Island, (Royal Alexander).[16]
  6. Victualling Yard, Portsmouth, (Royal Clarence).[17]
  7. Victualling Yard, Plymouth, (Royal William).[18]

Overseas Victualling Yards

Victualling establishments included:

  1. Victualling Yard, Antigua.[19]
  2. Victualling Yard, Ascension.[20]
  3. Victualling Yard, Auckland.[21]
  4. Victualling Yard Bermuda.[22]
  5. Victualling Yard, Cape of Good Hope. [23]
  6. Victualling Yard, Esquimalt.[24]
  7. Victualling Yard, Gibraltar.[25]
  8. Victualling Yard, Halifax.[26]
  9. Victualling Yard, Heligoland
  10. Victualling Yard, Hong Kong.[27]
  11. Victualling Yard, Jamaica (including Bahama's and Barbados).[28]
  12. Victualling Yard, Malta.[29]
  13. Victualling Yard, Rio de Janeiro.[30]
  14. Victualling Yard, Sierra Leone.[31]
  15. Victualling Yard, Sydney.[32]
  16. Victualling Yard, Trincomalee.[33]
  17. Victualling Yard Valparaiso.[34]

Footnotes

  1. Commons, Great Britain Parliament House of (1803). Reports from committees of the House of Commons: which have been printed by order of the House, and are not inserted in the journals; reprinted by order of the House. London: House of Commons. pp. 810–815.
  2. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  3. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  4. Office, Admiralty (December 1814). The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 133.
  5. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  6. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  7. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  8. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  9. Navy List. Dec. 1814. p. 133.
  10. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  11. Navy List. Dec. 1814. p. 133.
  12. House of Commons Report on the Victualling Office. 1803. pp.810-815.
  13. Navy List. Dec. 1814. p. 133.
  14. Commons, Great Britain Parliament House of (1843). Parliamentary Papers. London: H.M. Stationery Office. pp. 25–37.
  15. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  16. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  17. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  18. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  19. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  20. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  21. Whitaker, Joseph (1872). An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord ... London: J. Whitaker. pp. 141–142.
  22. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  23. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  24. Whitaker's Almanac. 1872. pp.141-142.
  25. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  26. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  27. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  28. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  29. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  30. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  31. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  32. Whitaker's Almanac. 1872. pp.141-142.
  33. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.
  34. Parliamentary Papers. 1843. pp. 25-37.