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Office of the Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy
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Navy Office
Member ofOffices of the Clerks of the Kings Marine
Council of the Marine
Navy Board
Reports toLieutenant of the Admiralty
NominatorLord Admiral of England
AppointerMonarch of England
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (usually held for life)
Inaugural holderVice-Admiral, Sir Thomas Spert

The Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy was an Navy Royal appointment created in 1524 originally one of the Offices of the Clerks of the Kings Marine. In 1545 the office holder became one of the Chief Officers of the Admiralty and a member of the Council of the Marine. In 1578 the council of marine was replaced by the Navy Board at which point the post holder became a principal officer and commissioner of that board. In 1660 their title was changed to Surveyor of the Navy


The office was established in 1524 under Henry VIII of England when the post holder was styled as Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy until 1660.the Surveyor's office drew the designs to which the private shipbuilders were required to build the vessels. Until 1745 the actual design work for warships built at each Royal Dockyard was primarily the responsibility of the individual Master-Shipwright at that Royal Dockyard. the post holder held overall responsibility for the design of English warships

Office holders


  1. Vice-Admiral, Sir Thomas Spert, 1524-1541 [2]
  2. Benjamin Gonson 24 April 1546 - June 1549. [3]
  3. Admiral Sir William Wynter 8 July 1549. [4]
  4. Rear-Admiral Sir Henry Palmer 11 July 1589.[5]
  5. Sir John Trevor 20 December 1598 -1611.[6]
  6. Sir Richard Bingley 1611-1619.
  7. Thomas Norreys 1619-1625.
  8. Joshua Downing 1625-1628.
  9. Sir Thomas Aylesbury, 1st Baronet, 1628-1632
  10. Kenrick Edisbury 1632-1638
  11. Vice-Admiral Sir William Batten, MP. 1638-1649
  12. John Holland 1649-1654
  13. George Payler 1654-1660


  1. Childs, David (2009). Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 298. ISBN 9781473819924.
  2. Childs. p.298.
  3. Childs. p.298.
  4. Childs. p.298.
  5. Childs. p.298.
  6. Childs. p.298.


  1. Childs, David (2009). Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781473819924.