Engineer Branch (Royal Navy)
The Engineer Officer of a ship was Engineer Branch officer in charge of the machinery and boilers of a ship.
In March 1903, a variety of naval engineer positions which had lacked commissions were shuffled to grant the men naval titles though they were not granted executive status:
- Chief Inspectors of Machinery became Engineer Rear-Admirals,
- Inspectors of Machinery became Engineer Captains,
- Fleet Engineer became Engineer Commanders, and
- Staff Engineers, Chief Engineers and Engineers became Engineer Lieutenants
From 1 January, 1915, the Engineer Branch was incorporated into the Military Branch. Engineer officers retained their existing titles and were not allowed to command and on board ship were still "subject to the authority of any Officer who may be in charge of the Executive duties of the Ship."
|Prior to 1 April, 1903.|
|DENOMINATION.||YEARS' SERVICE OF SENIORITY.||TO RANK WITH.|
|Chief Inspector of Machinery.||Captain of 3 years' seniority.|
|Inspector of Machinery.||Of 8 years' service.||Captain of 3 years' seniority.|
|Under 8 years' service.||Captain under 3 years' seniority.|
|Fleet Engineer.||Under 5 years' service.||Commander.|
|Staff Engineer.||Lieutenant above 8 years' seniority.|
|Chief Engineer.||With but after Lieutenant of 8 years' seniority.|
|Engineer.||Of 6 years' seniority.||Lieutenant under 8 years' seniority.|
|Assistant Engineer.||With Sub-Lieutenant.|
|Engineer Student.||Naval Cadet.|
- The King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, 1913. Volume I. p. x.
- Brown. Warrior to Dreadnought. p. 19.
- Order in Council of 7 January, 1915.
- Adapted from table in The Navy List, (April, 1891). pp. 562-563.
- Admiralty (1913). The King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions for the Government of His Majesty's Naval Service. 1913. Volume I. London: By Authority.