Third Sea Lord

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The Third Sea Lord was an officer of the Royal Navy with a position on the Board of Admiralty with responsibility for procuring and equipping the fleet.

History

The pay of the Third Sea Lord until 1868 had been £1,000. At the end of that year, formalised by Order in Council of 14 January, 1869, the Third Sea Lord technically disappeared entirely when the position of Second Naval Lord was abolished, and the Controllership of the Navy, although vested in a naval officer, was known as the Third Lord and Controller of the Navy.[1] In 1872 the Controller ceased to be a Board member once more, the office of Second Naval Lord was restored, and technically the Third Naval Lord became the Junior Naval Lord.[2] This state of affairs continued for a decade, until 1882, when the "Comptroller" of the Navy became an "Additional Naval Lord".[3] In a distribution of business of 24 April of that year he is styled simply Controller of the Navy,[4] but as the Junior Naval Lord retained his title the Controller was already in effect Third Sea Lord. In subsequent distributions of business he was styled as Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy.[5]

By Order in Council of 21 December, 1906, the emoluments of the Third Sea Lord and Controller were raised from £1,500 a year to £1,750 a year, in addition to Naval Half Pay. The Controller then became £250 a year better off than the Second Sea Lord.[6]

The title of Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy was changed to Third Sea Lord with effect from 12 June, 1912.[7] In September he was formally relieved of duties relating to contracts, finances and dockyard management, which were allocated to the Additional Civil Lord, who had been appointed in January.[8]

The office of Third Sea Lord received the designation Third Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Materiel by Order in Council of 23 October, 1917.[9]

The office of Controller was merged with that of Third Sea Lord on 25 June, 1918, and became once again Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy.[10]

Duties

Appointees

Naval Assistant to the Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. Order in Council of 14 January, 1869.
  2. Order in Council of 19 March, 1872.
  3. Order in Council of 10 March, 1882.
  4. "Distribution of Business" in docket "Distribution of Business: Board of Admiralty" dated 24 April, 1882. The National Archives. The National Archives. ADM 1/6330.
  5. "Distribution of Business Between the Various Members of the Board of Admiralty Showing the Successive Changes Made Between 1885 and the Present Time." 1890. C.—6199. Copy in Greene papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  6. Order in Council of 21 December, 1906.
  7. Order in Council of 19 July, 1912.
  8. "Memorandum by the First Lord on the Redistribution of Admiralty Business." p. 6. Greene papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  9. Order in Council of 23 October, 1917.
  10. Order in Council of 25 June, 1918.
  11. "Precis of the Division & General Mode of Conducting the Business of the Admiralty at Whitehall." Dated 21 June, 1844. The National Archives. ADM 1/5543.
  12. Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  13. Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  14. "Distribution of Business" in docket "Distribution of Business: Board of Admiralty" dated 24 April, 1882. The National Archives. ADM 1/6330.
  15. Docket "Table of distribution of business of Members of Board, & Secretaries" dated 13 July, 1885. The National Archives. ADM 116/3392.
  16. Docket "Table of Distribution of Business amongst Members of Board & Secretaries" dated 11 January, 1889. The National Archives. ADM 116/3392.
  17. "Distribution of Business Between the Various Members of the Board of Admiralty Showing the Successive Changes Made Between 1885 and the Present Time." 1890. C.—6199. Copy in Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  18. Docket "Revised Table of Distribution of Admiralty Board Business 16 April 1908." The National Archives. ADM 116/3392.
  19. Docket "Revised Table of Distribution of Admiralty Business" dated 1 August 1912. The National Archives. ADM 116/3392.
  20. Docket "Revised Table of Distribution of Admiralty Business" dated 1 August 1912. The National Archives. ADM 116/3392.
  21. Greene papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  22. Greene papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  23. A List of Lords Hugh Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 37.
  24. A List of Lords Hugh Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 37.
  25. A List of Lords Hugh Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 38.
  26. A List of Lords Hugh Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 38.
  27. A List of Lords Hugh Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. p. 38.
  28. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 271/644.
  29. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 271/644.
  30. Wilson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/86. f. 59. Source does not indicate the day of month, however.
  31. Wilson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/86. f. 59.
  32. Jackson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 685.
  33. Jellicoe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. p. 27.
  34. Briggs Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. p. 654.
  35. Briggs Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. p. 654.
  36. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 125.
  37. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 125.
  38. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 90.
  39. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 90.
  40. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 126.
  41. Halsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 243.
  42. Halsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 243.
  43. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 126.
  44. Bartolomé Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 208.
  45. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  46. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 77.
  47. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 178.
  48. Fuller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 460.
  49. Fuller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 460.
  50. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 30 April, 1925. Issue 43949, col E, p. 10.
  51. Chatfield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 346.
  52. "Naval, Military, and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 31 October, 1928. Issue 45038, col F, p. 25.
  53. "The Services" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 1 March, 1932. Issue 46010, col F, p. 10.
  54. "The Services" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 23 April, 1934. Issue 46735, col C, p. 7.
  55. Jellicoe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 693.
  56. Leveson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 472.
  57. Leveson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 472.
  58. Madden Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 83.
  59. Madden Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 83.
  60. Duff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 80.
  61. Duff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 80.
  62. De Chair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 259.
  63. De Chair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 259. Date inferred from commissioning of Colossus
  64. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 78.
  65. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 40/78.
  66. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 30.
  67. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16/30.

Bibliography

  • Naval Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division (1929). The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. Its Work and Development. B.R. 1845 (late C.B. 3013). Copy at The National Archives. ADM 234/434.


Board of Admiralty
Civilian Lords
First Lord of the Admiralty
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty (1882 – 1885, 1912 – 1917)
Controller (1917 – 1918)
Naval Lords
First Naval Lord (– 1904) • First Sea Lord (1904 – 1917) • First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Second Naval Lord (– 1869, 1872 – 1904) • Second Sea Lord (1904 – 1917) • Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel (1917 –)
Third Naval Lord (– 1869) • Third Lord and Controller (1869 – 1872) • Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy (1882 – 1904) • Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy (1904 – 1912) • Third Sea Lord (1912 – 1917) • Third Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Matériel (1917 – 1918) • Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy (1918 –)
Junior Naval Lord (– 1904) • Fourth Sea Lord (1907 – 1917) • Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport (1917 –)
Fifth Sea Lord (1917) • Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Service (1917 – 1918)
Staff Lords
Deputy First Sea Lord (1917 – 1919)
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Secretaries
First Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (– 1869) • Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1869 – 1904) • Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1904 –)
Second Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (– 1869) • Permanent Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1869 – 1877, 1880 –)
Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1872 – 1882)