Catalogue description Records of Dockyards

Details of Division within ADM
Reference: Division within ADM
Title: Records of Dockyards

Records of the Plymouth Yard are in ADM 174, and of the Antigua Yard in ADM 241. Registered files of the Chatham, Malta and Singapore yards are in ADM 269 - ADM 271 respectively.

Reports and files of the Department of the Director of Dockyards are in ADM 312.

Date: 1690-1981
Separated material:

Some other dockyard records are held by the National Maritime Museum under Section 4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958.

Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Admiralty, Controller of the Navy, 1860-1912

Board of Admiralty, Controller of the Navy, Department of the Director of Dockyards, 1885-1912

Board of Admiralty, Controller of the Navy, Department of the Surveyor of Dockyards, 1872-1885

Board of Admiralty, Department of the Director of Dockyards, 1916-1958

Board of Admiralty, Director of Naval Equipment, Department of the Director of Dockyards, 1912-1916

Board of Admiralty, Dockyards and Maintenance Department, 1958-1964

Board of Admiralty, Surveyor of the Navy, 1832-1860

Ministry of Defence, Department of the Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport, Department of Dockyards and Maintenance, 1964-1968

Navy Board, 1546-1832

Physical description: 6 series
Publication note:

See also PRO Records Information Leaflet No. 15, Dockyard Employees: Documents in the Public Record Office

Administrative / biographical background:

Responsibility for naval dockyards rested with the Navy Board until 1832, local superintendence being exercised by civilian resident commissioners. On the abolition of the Navy Board, responsibility passed to the Board of Admiralty. At the Admiralty, dockyards were under the control of the surveyor (later controller of the Navy); at the dockyards, naval superintendents replaced the civilian commissioners. A surveyor (from 1885 director) of dockyards with his own department was appointed in 1872; he was under the superintendence of the controller of the Navy.

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