Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty

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By Order in Council of 19 March, 1872, it was decreed that there were to be three secretaries to the Board of Admiralty; the Parliamentary Secretary, the Permanent Secretary, and a Naval Secretary. Accordingly, Captain Robert Hall was appointed Naval Secretary to the Board on 8 May.[1]

The duties of the Naval Secretary in December, 1872, were defined as:[2]

Correspondence on all matters relating to the—
Personnel of the Fleet.
To the movements of the Fleet, including Troop Ships.
To the Victualling of the Fleet.
To the pay of the Fleet.
To discipline except as regards legal questions, &c., arising from Courts Martial.
To practical questions relating to Construction and Equipment of Ships.
To Foreign Navies, and Intelligence.
With Inventors.

The office of Permanent Secretary was abolished on 1 November, 1877, upon the retirement of the incumbent, Vernon Lushington.[3][4] A committee on the Secretary's department of 1879 recommended that a civilian Permanent Secretary be in charge of the department, but the Board "considered it desirable to retain their present Naval Secretary for the remainder of the term of his appointment."[5]

By Order in Council of 10 March, 1882, it had been determined that upon a vacancy occurring in the position of Naval Secretary that the only other secretary to the Board should be the Permanent Secretary. On Hall's retirement the office was abolished on 8 May.[6][7]

Naval Secretaries

Footnotes

  1. A List of the Lords High Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 38.
  2. "Distribution of Business." Dated December, 1872. Sir Alexander Milne, Bart., Papers. National Maritime Museum. MLN/146/1.
  3. Hamilton. p. 204.
  4. A List of the Lords High Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 39.
  5. Report on the Secretary's Department of the Admiralty. p. 2. Marginalia representing the Board's opinion by E. M. Swainson. Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  6. Hamilton. p. 204.
  7. A List of the Lords High Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 40.
  8. A List of the Lords High Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. pp. 38-40.

Bibliography

  • Hamilton, C. I. (2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805-1927. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521765183. (on Amazon.co.uk).