The Rank of Commander R.N.

By L. G. Carr Laughton, published August 1923


Commanders were first appointed as executive officers in line-of-battle ships in 1872 but the rank goes back much further. The title was not new, as it evolved from the long-established Master and Commander which was formalised in 1674 but probably existed long before that date. Prior to 1827 Masters and Commanders had commanded the smaller ships, as only Captains could command post ships. Carr Laughton explains the history of the changing status of the Master and Commander from the Middle Ages until the more recent installation of the substantive rank of Lieutenant-Commander.

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