The Visitation of the Royal Dockyards, 1749

By Richard Middleton, published February 1991


The article covers the disagreements between the Admiralty Board and the Navy Board 1749-1755, when the need to reduce the national debt required economies in all Government Departments. It covers the actions taken by the Admiralty, their recommendations and instructions to the Navy Board and the Navy Board’s reactions and reluctance to change. It discusses what was achieved in reduction of manpower, less waste, better stores accounting, better maintenance of ships “in ordinary” and what was not achieved. It concludes with the effects of the improvements when the fleet was next mobilised in 1755.

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

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