Department of the Director of Naval Equipment

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Department of the Director of Naval Equipment
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Agency overview
Formed 3 September, 1912
Dissolved 18 September, 1939
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Government of the United Kingdom
Headquarters Admiralty
London
Agency executives
  • Director of Naval Equipment
  • Assistant Director of Naval Equipment
Parent department Admiralty

The Department of the Director of Naval Equipment [1] also known as the Directorate of Naval Equipment [2] was the former British Admiralty department responsible for managing the progress of all naval construction at royal naval dockyards, and annually planning programmes of works for additions, alterations, repairs and modernisation of all ships from 1912 to 1939, In late September 1939 the department and its functions were merged into the new Department of the Vice-Controller of the Navy.

History[edit]

The department was originally established on 3 September 1912, the department was primarily concerned with overseeing the progress of all naval construction at royal naval dockyards, In addition it planned and monitored programmes of works for additions, alterations, repairs and modernisation of all ships, the department worked in partnership with the Department of the Director of Dockyards, both of these departments were overseen by the office of the Third Sea Lord from 1912 to 1939. In September 1939 the department was merged into the new, and expanded Department of the Vice-Controller of Navy he was then co-styled Vice-Controller of the Navy and Director of Naval Equipment [3].

Directors of Naval Equipment[edit]

Included:[4]

Note: In September 1939 the department and post is merged into the Department of the Vice-Controller of the Navy.

Assistant Directors of Naval Equipment[edit]

Included:[5]

  • Captain Henry R. Crooke, 18 February, 1913 – 1914
  • Captain Ernest K. Loring, 1 October, 1914 – 3 April, 1915
  • Captain Henry L. Cochrane, 3 April, 1915
  • Captain (retired) Christopher P. Metcalfe, late 1916 (for salvage work, working with Henry Lake Cochrane)
  • Captain Hugh T. Walwyn, 1 March, 1917 – January, 1918
  • Captain Alan G. Hotham, 1917 – 1 October, 1917
  • Captain Percy Withers, 10 January, 1918 – 7 May, 1919
  • Captain Arthur T. Walker, 30 May, 1925 – 1 October, 1926
  • Captain Patrick E. Parker, 23 March, 1928 – 2 April, 1930
  • Captain Harold G. C. Franklin, 2 April, 1930 – 4 April, 1932
  • Captain Stuart S. Bonham-Carter, 14 March, 1932 – 14 March, 1936
  • Captain Martin J. C. de Meric, 1 December, 1938 – 18 September, 1939

Note: In September 1939 the department and post is merged into the Department of the Vice-Controller of the Navy.

Department structure[edit]

Salvage Section[edit]

Head of Salvage Section

  • Commander J. H. Dathan, 1915 -1916 [6]
  • Captain Christopher P. Metcalfe, 1916 - 1917
  • Hon. Captain Frederic W. Young, 1917-1920 [7]
  • Commodore, Hon. Sir Frederic W. Young, 1921-1927[8]
    • Salvage Accounts section

Note: The Salvage Section was replaced by a new Salvage Department in 1939.

Office of the Captain/Admiral superintendent ships building by contract[edit]

For Contract Work (not including Destroyers) on the Clyde[9][10][11]

  • Captain Edward Stafford Fitzherbert, 1912 - 1913
  • Captain Brian H. F. Barttelot, 1913 - 1917
  • Rear-Admiral John F. E. Green, 1917 - 1918
  • Captain Cecil H. Fox, 1918 - 1920
  • Captain Herbert, Buchanan-Woolaston, 1 January 1924 - 1926
  • Captain Ambrose Thomas Norman Abbay, 1926 -1928
  • Commander L. B. Hill, 30 September 1938 - 1939

Contract Work (not including Destroyers) on the Tyne, Thames, Mersey, at Barrow-in-Furness, and at Sunderland[12]

  • Captain Laurence E. Power, 1913 - 1917
  • Rear-Admiral Alfred E. A. Grant, 1917 - 1918
  • Captain William F. Slayter, 1918 -1920

Office of the Captain/Admiral superintendent destroyers building by contract[edit]

Included:[13][14][15][16]

  • Captain Douglas L. Dent, 1912 - 1913
  • Captain Cyril Asser, 1913 - 1917
  • Rear-Admiral Laurence E. Power, 1917 - 1918
  • Captain Frank F. Rose, 1918 -1920
  • Commander L. B. Hill, 1933 -1937
  • Vice-Admiral, St, A. B. Wake, Retd, 1937-1939

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haas, J. M. (1994). A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914. University Press of America. p. 182. ISBN 9780819194619. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Norman (2015). The British Battleship 1906-1946. Seaforth Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 9781848322257. 
  3. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ Mackie, Colin. "British Armed Services between 1860 and the present day — Royal Navy - Senior Appointments". Colin Mackie's website. Colin Mackie, pp. 53-54, 2010-2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Mackie, Colin. "British Armed Services between 1860 and the present day — Royal Navy - Senior Appointments". Colin Mackie's website. Colin Mackie, pp. 53-54, 2010-2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Booth, Tony (2007). Admiralty Salvage in Peace and War 1906 - 2006: Grope, Grub and Tremble. Pen and Sword. p. 18. ISBN 9781848848931. 
  7. ^ Booth, Tony (2007). Admiralty Salvage in Peace and War 1906 - 2006: Grope, Grub and Tremble. Pen and Sword. p. 19. ISBN 9781848848931. 
  8. ^ "Frederic William Young - Graces Guide". gracesguide.co.uk. Graces Guide to British Industrial History, 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Government, H.M. (18 June 1924). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 414. 
  10. ^ Government, H.M. (18 September 1954). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 424. 
  11. ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty in World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty in World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty in World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Government, H.M. (January 1919). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 1820. 
  15. ^ Government, H.M. (October 1914). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 533. 
  16. ^ Government, H.M. (July 1937). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 425. 

Sources[edit]

  • Mackie, Colin, (2010-2014), British Armed Services between 1860 and the present day — Royal Navy - Senior Appointments, http://www.gulabin.com/.
  • Harley Simon, Lovell Tony, (2017), Department of the Director of Naval Equipment, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org.
  • Rodger, N.A.M. (1979). The Admiralty. Offices of State. Lavenham: T. Dalton. ISBN 0900963948.

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