NAVY NEWS Navy News EDITOR
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Tel.: Portxmoutb 74004 (Ext. 2194) EDITORIAL
HEARD ANY good resolutions lately? Let's he different--don't let us talk
about resolutions. They are so easily made, hard to keep and so often broken. Who was the humorist-was it Mark Twain?-who said "It's easy
to give up smoking-I've done it thousands of times"? Some resolutions can be like that -a hardy annual.
Let us talk about doors. As the door
of 1958 opens what can be seen? The pessimist says. "Nothing-it's all black a reducing Navy . . sputniks talk, talk, all talk," and so on.
The optimist says. "A wonderful, clean new year. A glorious sunrise with
promise of warmth for the road ahead."
But what do we, the cautious, middle- of-the-road men, neither pessimists nor
optimists, what do we see through that open door? Opportunities? Opportuni-
ties for promotion-to win the treble chance-to get married? Like Pandora we can all see hope. Hope that men
THE ROYAL NAVYOF 1699 A Letter to the Editor
from a hook in my possession which was published in 1699. and I thought
you might like 10 use it.
Yours faithfully. W. P. GARNER.
Lieut. (L'.) RN.(Rt'td.), THE ROYAL NAVY OF 1699
(An extract from a hook printed in that year)
THE NAVAL Forces of England do now consist of near 200 Men of War;
many other vessels for tenders and victuallers.
The Men-of-war are divided into
six rates, amongst which the third and fourth rates are the most numerous.
Those of the first rate carry from 90
guns to 100. about 800 men and 1200 tuns at least. The second rate ships
carry from 80 to 90 guns. The third rates for the most part 70 and the rest proportionately. For manning of the Royal Fleet
England is provided with stout and able seamen, who may be pressed for the King's service:
will work for that peace and good will so often expressed at Christmastide. Hope that the brains and energy which
energy and brains for the benefit of the human race. Hope that the other
man will see our point of view and that we will see his and that from
these two viewpoints a focal point can he found at which East and West can meet to discuss how we can all live
together in peace and harmony. Doors may be locked, bolted and
hope that the 1958 door, now open. will lead to a happy, peaceful and prosperous year.
We wish all our readers --our critics
and well-wishers too- and our adver- tisers a happy New Year.
"WITH A THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF ThY MERCIES"
and rage horribly. but ci the Lord. who dwelleth on !iit,'h. is ,nigh tier.
The waves of the sea art' ,nii'hty barred, but they are made to open. We
Merchant ships when there is occasion. And for a standing nursery of men fit for sea or land service there arc
can produce a brace of sputniks, inter- continental ballistic missiles, the hydro- gen bomb, etc., can use the same
two marine regiments, consisting of
600 men each; who, besides their pay as land soldiers have their diet whilst they are at sea,
Captain's U.. per day
For the command of a man-of-war there are two principal officers: a
Captain and a Lieutenant. The pity of a Captain of a first rate ship is 15s. a day, of a second rate 12s. of a third rate lOs. of a fourth 7s and 6d, of a
fifth 6s, and of a sixth rate 5s. For the building, repairing and
cleaning of the King's ships, there are several great yards viz, at Chatham.
Deptford. Woolwich. Sheerness, Ports- mouth, Southampton, P Ii m o u t h, Harwich and Hull. Which are fitted
with Docks, Lanches, Rope-yards and Store-houses; and always furnished
with great quantities of timber and
other materials. Wherein are employed divers Officers, the principal of which are as follows, with their respective salaries. VIZ.
A Clerk of the Checque A Store-keeper
A Master Attendant His assistant
A Master Shipwright His assistants each
Clerk of the Survey,
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Note that the Charges of the clerks and instruments are included in their
salaries. All these are under the direction
and management of the Navy Oce
kept in the Crouched Friars, London. Where the whole business concerning the King's ships is managed by four Principal Oflicers, and four Commis-
sioners of the Navy, besides other Commissioners for Victualling the Navy. The four principal Officers are the
Treasurer. Comptroller. Surveyor, and Clerk of the Acts. The Treasurer's Office is to pay the
charges of the Navy out of the
Exchequer, having first a Warrant for the money from the Lords ('ommis- sioners of the Treasury, and for the
payment thereof another Warrant from the Principal Officers of the
and Comptroll all payments of wages. He is likewise to know all the market-
rates of all stores for shipping, to audit and examine all treasurers. victuallers
and Storekeepers accounts. His salary is £500 per annum and his assistant's £400,
The Surveyor's business is to know the state of all stores, and see their
wants supplied: to survey the Hulls. Masts, and Yards and have their
defects repaired at reasonable rates. What stores the Boatswains and Car-
Cachm. Hornet Town quay. For&iam Al,. p ckng u at N.M S 'A,,el at ch.apo' rates.
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penters receive in order to a voyage. he is to charge them with by indenture, and at their return to state and audit
their accounts, His salary is £400 per annum.
The clerk of the Acts is to record all orders, contracts, bills, warrants &c
relating to the Navy and his salary is £500 per annum. Among the four Commissioners one's province is to
comptroll the Victualler's accounts: another's the accounts of the Store-
keepers of the Yards: and the other two have the management of the
King's Navy, the one at Chatham and
Navy. His allowance is £3(XX) a year. The Comptroller's Office is to attend
"Quick Nip overand wish Chiefs a happy New Year before he spots it"
Advancement (Continued from page 1, column 3)
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To Chief Radio Electrician,-
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To Chief BlacAc,nith.-MX.566% F. Pearson.
To Chief Ordnance Artifice'r.- MX.703927 J. Nicholson.
To Chief Joiner.-MX.635822 H. Hiscutt.
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as also may
besides Fire-ships. Yachts, Hulks, Ketches, Sloops, Hoys, Smacks and
Dear Sir.-The attached extract it
the other at Portsmouth. The salary of each is £500.
Both the Principal Officers and Commissioners hold their places by patent, under the Great Seal of
England. and have clerks allowed to each of them with their respective salaries for the dispatch of business. The Commissioners for Victualling the Navy are commonly four, and their
sioners of the Admiralty, executing the office of the Lord High Admiral, who
sit at the Admiralty House near St James Park. Appe.diz to the Fore.olng
The Lords Commissioners of the
Admiralty were The Earl of Bridge- water, John Lord Haversham, Sir
Robert Rich. Sir George Rookc, and Sir David Mitchel.
Admirals of the Fleet let: employed- RED. Admiral Earl of Orford, Vice- Admiral Matthew Aylmer and Rear-Admiral the Marquess of Carmarthen.
BLUE. Admiral Sir Cloudcslv
Shovel]. Vice-Admiral Sir David Mitchell, and Rear-Admiral John Bcnhow Esq.
Accidental Admirals now employed-
John Benbow Esq. in the West Indies.
Commissioners in General-John Hilt
Esq., James Southern Esq., Benjamin Timewelt Esq., Matthew Aylmer
Esq. Four Pridpal Ocers of the Navy Treasurer, Sir Tho. Littleton; Comp-
troller, Sir Rich. Haddock Kt.;
Surveyor. Edmund Dummer Esq.. Clerk of the Acts, Charles Serguson Esq.
CommMoners of the Navy
Comptrollers of the Pursers accounts- Sir Cloudesley Shovel.
Comptroller of the Storekeepers
accounts for the several Yards- Tho. Wilshaw Esq. Commissioner for Portsmouth-Hen. Greenhiti Esq. Commissioner for Chatham-Sit Edward Gregory Kt. Commissioner at Plimouth-George St Lo Esq.
(o,nn,i.süoner.s for Victualling the N a v y - Thomas Papillon Esq.. Simon Mayn Esq., John Burrington
of the Navy Yards and a complete list of ships and their guns and number
Esq. (Then follows a list of all the officers
Comptroller of the Treasurers ac- counts-Dennis Liddell Esq.
THE ROYAL NAVAL BENEVOLENT TRUST Spirit of Personal Service
35th Annual Meeting
SPEAKING AT the annual meeting of The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
recently held at the Mansion House, Mr. Christopher Soames,
salary is each £400 a year. Above these are the Lords Commis-
taming the happiness and morale of the Service. It was, he believed, one
mentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty, said that because of
the highly complex nature of the modern aircraft carrier; nuclear sub- marine and missile ship, a larger pro-
portion of specially skilled men were needed for the Navy. To attract the
right type of man, pay and pensions had been increased and new allow-
ances introduced for. men serving abroad. Considerable progress had also been made in providing married
of the most efficient organisations of its kind and he was glad to say that it worked in close harmony with the
official welfare side and with that other great Naval Ch-arity-Grcenssich
spoke of the imending retirement of
Hospital. The Parliamentary Secretary, also
the president of' the Trust. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Algernon Willis, after six years of valuable and devoted service and thanked him on behalf of
the Board of Admiralty. He concluded by saying that after
quarters and unfurnished accommoda- tion. Every effort was being made to ensure that the Navy would continue to provide a worth-while career.
l'hc Board of Admiralty was grate- ful to the Royal Naval Benevolent
Trust and its many voluntary workers for the part they played in helping Naval men and their families in time
of trouble and thus assisting in main-
BIRD H'.t Ti III.'G IT SEA
STUDY OF MIGRANTS ON OCEAN WEATHER SHIPS
VOLUNTARY ORNITHOLOGICAL observations which are being under- taken by crews of the Air Ministry's ocean weather ships when at sea have included a study of migrant birds
visiting the ships at their fixed stations in the north-east Atlantic.
- Meadow pipits, turnstones, wheat-
ears, a snow bunting, a white wagtail. and a merlin have been among visitors to ships on station "India." 300 miles south of Iceland in Septem- ber. These birds were probably en route from Iceland to the British Isles. An American wader was also
among migrant trans-oceanic arrivals seen.
At station "Juliet," 300 miles west
of Ireland, migrants believed to have drifted from Prance or The British
Isles and some long-distance trans-
oceanic migrants from Iceland or Greenland have been seen in late
autumn. Species observed at this station have included blackbird, red-
wing. starling, skylark, chaffinch and linnet -regular autumn migrants to wintering grounds in Ireland-and one short-cared owl. Among the long- distance trans-oceanic migrants have been snow buntings and purple sand-
pipers which were in a very exhausted
state on arrival on hoard ship and of which few, if any, are thought to have survived the
rest of their
journey. ]be Air Ministry maintains four
ocean weather ships, based on Greenock. in Scotland, to act as float-
ing weather stations and "watchdogs" of the North Atlantic air routes.
administration, and a spirit of personal
service handed down from one genera- tion of Naval men to another. Annual Report
Algernon Willis outlined many of the Trust's activities and specially referred to the 10.W) grants made during the
When he presented the annual re- port. Admiral of the Fleet Sir
year to Naval men and their families at a cost of over £9l.(XXJ. In addition, some £14,000 had been spent in pro-
viding annuities for aged ex-Naval men and widows and for widows with
vey all that the work of the Trust involved in terms of personal effort, but the local committees had each
cases a week and every one of them had called for careful investigation and consideration.
visits to the Trust's Homes. Maylield House, for children in Edinburgh and Pembroke House for aged cx'Naval
men in Gillingham, and said not only had he been much impressed by the efficient way they were run, but also by the homely atmosphere and the
happiness of the inmates of both establishments.
The honorary treasurer. Mr. 3, C. Abraham, presenting the balance sheet and statement of accounts, drew
attention to the depressed state of Government Securities and the effect
of inflation on the Trust's capital. The total income for the year. including that of Minor Trusts, had fallen short
of total expenditure by just tinder £7,000. He felt, however, that the
could be considered a satisfactory one, because there had been a small
surplus on RN.B.I.'s own accounts and the deficit was due to an excess
of expenditure on Minor Trusts. Mr. Abraham concluded by stres-
sing the importance of the contribu- tion of one-fifth N.A.A.F.I. rebate
made by ships and establishments. which represented one-third of the Trust's revenue.
RN.B.1','s total income for the
year 1957 had been £194,678 and total expenditure had been £201,651.
Drafling Forvcist GENERAL
H.M.S. Loch lash, January, at Devon- port, for General Service Commis-
hI.M,S. Victorious, January. at Ports- mouth, for General Service Com-
H.M.S. Newfoundland, January, for Foreign Service, Far East Station.
mission, Home, Mediterranean. U.K. Base Port. Portsmouth.
ILM.S. Torquay, February, at Ports- Base Port. Portsmouth. Portsmouth.
hL%1,S. Loch AlvIe, April. at Chat- ham, for General Service Commis-
sion, Home East Indies. U.K. Base Port, Chatham.
H.M.S. Salisbury. February, at Devon- H.M.S. Chichester. April. at Glasgow, port, for General Service Commas-
H.M.S. Scarborough. February, at H.MS
. Cheviot. May. zit Singapore, Portsmouth. for General Service
on. Home Mediterranean, U.K. Base Port. Devonport.
Commission, Home Mediterranean. - U.K. Base Port, Portsmouth.
11,513, Contest, March, at Chatham. H.M.S. Jutlaud, May, at Portsmouth. for General Service Commission,
H.M.S. Wizard, February. at Chat- ham, for General Service Commis' sion. Home; Mediterranean. U.K. Base Port. Chatham.
Mediterranean/Home. U.K. Base Port, Chatham.
H.M.S. Caveudish, March. at Devon- H.M.S. Alb'son, May. at Portsmouth. port, for General Service ('om-
mission. Mediterranean Home. U.K. Base Port, I)evonport.
mission. Mediterranean Home. U.K. Base Port. Portsmouth.
for General Service Commission. Mcditcrrancan!Htime. U.K. Base
H313, arysfort, March, at Ports' H.M.S. Trafalgar, Ma'.'. at Ports- mouth, for General Service Corn-
Base Port. Portsmouth.
for General Ser'. ice Commission, Mediterranean Fast Indies I-ar Last. U.K. Base Por:. I'ort-,iiuotith.
mouth, for General Service Com- mission. Mediterranean,Home. U.K.
for General Service Commission. Mediterranean Home. U.K. Base Port, Chatham.
for Foreign Service on Far East Station.
Dunkirk. Ma'. at Portsmouth,
for (icncral Service Commission, Mediterranean Home. U.K. Base
mouth, for General Service Com- H.M.S. Cardigan Bay. April, at Singa- pore for Foreign Service on Far East Station.
(C'ont,nurdlro,n race 1. cc,lu,,in 2)
sion, Home East Indies. U.K. Base I Home. U.K. Base Port. Devonport H.M.S. Ceylon, April. at Portsmouth,
I H.M.S. Puma, March, at Devonport. for General Service Commission. South Africa and South Atlantic
for General Service Commission. Home'East Indies. U.K. Base Port,
re-sult The president also spoke of his handled, on an average, a hundred young children. It was difficult to con-
35 years, the Trust could look back with satisfaction on a record of wise
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