Naval Executive Titles: Commadore or Commodore

By Rear-Admiral Sir R Massie Blomfield, published March 1914


The title of Commadore, as it was originally spelled, came into the Royal Navy after the 1988 Revolution and was derived from the Dutch Commandeur. By 1730 the spelling had altered to Commodore, but the rank was not given royal approval for official adoption until 1806. The reason for the delay was the fear that the rank would be used to promote post-captains over others who were senior to them on the list. Nonetheless the rank was used by the Admiralty unofficially to recognise the authority of those given command of convoys or small squadrons.

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