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The Director of Naval Construction
Director of Naval Construction
(DNC) [1] also known as the Department of the Director of Naval Construction
Director of Naval Construction
and Directorate of Naval Construction and originally known as the Chief Constructor of the Navy [2] was a senior principal civil officer responsible to the Board of Admiralty
Admiralty
for the design and construction of the warships of the Royal Navy. From 1883 onwards he was also head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, the naval architects who staffed his department from 1860 to 1966. The (D.N.C.'s) modern equivalent is Director Ships in the Defence Equipment and Support
Defence Equipment and Support
organisation of the Ministry of Defence.

Contents

1 History 2 Post holders 3 Department structure 4 Departments under the office 5 Timeline 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The post evolved from the office of the Assistant Surveyor of the Navy (1832-1859) [3] In 1860 the Assistant Surveyor was renamed Chief Constructor the post lasted until 1875 when it was renamed to the Director of Naval Construction. The chief constructor was originally head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors
Royal Corps of Naval Constructors
and members of the corps were responsible for the designing and building of warships, whether they were built in the Royal Dockyards (such as Chatham) or contracted out to private industry (such as Armstrong Whitworth). The Director was a naval architect as well as a manager. Work in the dockyards was covered to some extent by the two posts of Director of Naval Construction and the separately held Director of Dockyards. The latter's officers were responsible for checking that work contracted out by the former was being undertaken correctly. In designing warships the Director of Naval Construction
Director of Naval Construction
had to work with the Department of the Engineer-in-Chief, another Admiralty
Admiralty
post, which existed from 1847 to 1889. In 1958 following restructuring within the Admiralty
Admiralty
this department as a wholly independent function ceased and it became a sub-division within a new larger ship department under the control of a Director-General, Ships until 1964 when the Admiralty department was abolished and replaced by a new Ministry of Defence. The Engineer-in-Chief post arose after the adoption of steam engines for propulsion. The French Navy
French Navy
had a similar post, Directeur des Construction Navales. Post holders[edit] Included:[4][5] Chief Constructors'

Isaac Watts (1860-1863) Sir Edward James Reed
Edward James Reed
(1863-1870) Sir Nathaniel Barnaby
Nathaniel Barnaby
(1870-1875)

Directors of Naval Construction

Sir Nathaniel Barnaby
Nathaniel Barnaby
(1875-1885) Sir William Henry White
William Henry White
(1885-1902) Sir Philip Watts (1902-1912) Sir Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt
Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt
(1912-1924) Sir William Berry (1924-1930) Sir Arthur Johns (1930-1936) Sir Stanley V. Goodall, KCB, OBE, RCNC (1936-1944) Sir Charles S. Lillicrap (1944-1951) Sir Victor Shepheard (1951-1966)

Department structure[edit] As of April 1915:[6]

Director of Naval Construction

Assistant Director of Naval Construction Superintendent of Construction Accounts and Contract Work

Superintendent of Admiralty
Admiralty
Experiment Works

Chief Constructor Curator of Drawings Examiner of Constructing Accounts Inspecting Officer of Smiths Works

Superintending Electrical Engineer

As of October 1916:[7]

Director of Naval Construction

Assistant Director of Naval Construction Superintendent of Construction Accounts and Contract Work

Senior Constructive Officer

Chief Constructor

Superintending Electrical Engineer Inspecting Officer of Smiths' Work

As of April 1917:[8]

Director of Naval Construction

Deputy Director of Naval Construction

Assistant Director of Naval Construction Superintendent of Construction Accounts and Contract Work

Superintendent of Admiralty
Admiralty
Experiment Works

Chief Constructor Superintending Electrical Engineer

Examiner of Electrical Accounts

Curator of Drawings Inspecting Officer of Smiths' Work

As of November 1918:[9]

Director of Naval Construction

Deputy Director of Naval Construction

Assistant Director of Naval Construction

Superintendent of Admiralty
Admiralty
Experiment Works

Chief Constructor Inspecting Officer of Smiths' Work Inspecting Officer of Ship Fitting Work

Departments under the office[edit]

Naval Construction Research Establishment, (NCRE), (1943–58) Admiralty
Admiralty
Experimental Works Haslar Office of the Assistant Director Naval Construction Office of the Deputy Director Naval Construction Royal Corps of Naval Constructors Superintendent of Construction Accounts and Contract Work

Timeline[edit]

Board of Admiralty, Surveyor of the Navy, Assistant Surveyor of the Navy, 1832-1859 Board of Admiralty, Controller of the Navy, Chief Constructor, 1860-1875 Board of Admiralty, Director of Naval Construction, 1875-1958 Board of Admiralty, Director-General, Ship Department, Director Naval Construction Division, 1959-1964

See also[edit]

Admiralty
Admiralty
administration

References[edit]

^ Friedman, Norman (Mar 16, 2016). British Cruisers of the Victorian Era. Seaforth Publishing. p. 48. ISBN 9781848320994.  ^ Ranft, Bryan (2002). The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy. Oxford University Press. p. 208. ISBN 9780198605270.  ^ Ranft, Bryan (2002). The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy. Oxford University Press. p. 208. ISBN 9780198605270.  ^ Buxton, Ian; Johnston, Ian (May 8, 2013). The Battleship Builders Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships. Seaforth Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 9781473821309.  ^ Archives, The National. "Admiralty: Department of the Director of Naval Construction: Directors' Papers". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archive, ADM 229,1893-1957. Retrieved 10 June 2017.  ^ Government, H.M. (April 1915). The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 533.  ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty
Admiralty
World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2017.  ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty
Admiralty
World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2017.  ^ Smith, Gordon. "British Admiralty
Admiralty
World War 1". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 

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