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Diving Pay

1908 10 06
Increased Rates of Diving Pay as Divers go Deeper
At the Court at Balmoral, the 26th day of September, 1908.

Present, The King’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the eleventh day of September, one thousand nine hundred and eight, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by the Regulations for the government of Your Majesty's Naval Service the scale of extra pay to divers in Your Majesty's Fleet only extends to depths of twenty-five fathoms :

And whereas it has been found practicable for diving operations to be carried out at a depth in excess of twenty-five fathoms :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the present scale of extra pay for seaman and artificer divers being extended as set forth below, to take effect from the first day of October, one thousand nine hundred and eight:

    Time under water.
  Depth For first hour For every subsequent half-hour.
Seaman Diver Over 25 fathoms 12/- 4/-
Artificer Diver do. 15/- 5/-

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the, necessary directions herein accordingly.
A. W. FitzRoy.


1911 12 22
Diving Officer - Allowance
And whereas we have found it necessary to appoint a Warrant Officer as Inspector of Diving in Your Majesty's Fleet:

And whereas we are of opinion that the important nature of the duties which will devolve upon this officer should be recognized by the grant of a special allowance:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by your Order in Council to sanction the payment of a fixed allowance of 2s. a day, to include all diving duties, to such Commissioned Warrant Officer or Warrant Officer as may be appointed as Inspector of Diving, this allowance to take effect as from the 5th October, 1911.


1914 01 27
Diving Pay for those using the Life-saving Helmet.
And whereas by the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service a scale of Extra Pay is established for the remuneration of men employed in diving work, such scale being restricted to men who are duly qualified as Divers:

And whereas men trained in the use of the Life-saving Helmet, but not qualified as Divers, are occasionally required to perform similar work and are considered to be equally deserving of the extra remuneration as if they were qualified as Divers, diving work performed under such circumstances being as hazardous as if carried out with the complete diving gear

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction, as from the 1st July, 1913, the payment of Extra Pay on the same scale as authorized for qualified Divers to men not so qualified who may be employed upon work under water with the Lifesaving Helmet.


1930 07 04
Establishment of Seamen SQ and Artificer Deep Diver
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 28th day of June, 1930.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 14th day of June, 1930 (N. 1607/30), in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof, payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner, and subject to such restrictions, conditions, and provisions, as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas we deem it expedient that two non-substantive ratings to be known as ‘Seaman Deep Diver' and ‘Artificer Deep Diver' should be introduced for Divers required to descend to abnormal depths:

And whereas we deem it expedient that the following rates of non-substantive pay should be granted, viz.:-

  • Seaman Deep Diver - 9d. a day;
  • Artificer Deep Diver - 1s. 2d. a day ;

any other substantive or non-substantive rate of pay apart from pay as 'Diver' or ‘Artificer Diver' being retained

And whereas we consider it desirable that the rates of extra diving pay for Divers, Artificer Divers and Diving Instructors laid down by various Orders in Council should be amended as in the Schedule appended hereto; that the gratuity authorised by the Order is Council of the 13th May, 1887, be increased to a sum not exceeding £10 where the depth reached by the diver exceeds 40 fathoms; that time spent in a decompression chamber be included in the time for which the rates of extra pay are payable; and that the attendant accommodated in the decompression chamber be paid the rates of extra pay applicable to the depth to which the chamber is submerged:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council to sanction the foregoing.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

Schedule

Ratings

Depths (fathoms).

Rate for time under water.

Over.

Up to and

including.

Any period up to the first 30 minutes.

During second half-hour at a rate per 30 minutes.

During third or subsequent half-hours at a rate per 30 minutes.

     

s.

d.

s.

d.

s.

d.

Diver.

-

6

2

6

1

6

1

0

 

6

12

2

9

1

9

1

6

 

12

20

3

0

2

0

2

0

 

20

25

3

6

2

6

2

6

 

25

30

5

0

4

0

3

0

 

30

35

6

6

5

6

4

0

 

35

40

8

0

7

0

5

0

 

40

45

10

6

9

6

7

0

 

45

50

13

0

12

0

9

0

   

over 50

Add 6d. per fathom for each half-hour.

Artificer Diver

-

6

3

6

2

6

1

6

 

6

12

3

9

3

0

2

3

 

12

20

4

0

3

6

3

0

 

20

25

5

0

4

0

3

9

 

25

30

6

6

5

6

4

0

 

30

35

8

0

7

0

5

0

 

35

40

9

6

8

6

6

0

 

40

45

11

0

10

6

8

0

 

45

50

13

0

12

0

9

0

   

over 50

Add 6d. per fathom for each half-hour.

Diving Instructor

-

6

 

9

 

9

 

9

 

6

12

1

9

1

3

1

0

 

12

20

3

0

2

0

1

6

 

20

25

3

6

2

6

2

0

     

Rates for further depths as for Diver above.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1935 11 01
Diving Warrant Officers - Review - Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 25th day of October, 1935.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 18th day of October, 1935 (C.W. 8421/35), in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas in view of the considerable advance in the technique of deep sea diving it is necessary that Warrant Officers and Officers promoted therefrom should qualify in deep sea diving, and when so qualified should give instruction in and take charge of deep diving:

And whereas we consider that the special qualifications of these Officers and the increased responsibility devolving upon them justify additional remuneration:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the payment of an allowance of one shilling a day to such Officers when qualified in deep sea diving and actually holding appointments as Inspector of Diving, Diving Gunner at the Gunnery Schools at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham, and Diving Gunner in Deep Diving Units of Your Majesty's Fleet.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1939 06 27
Reorganisation of Non-substantive Diver Ratings
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 23rd day of June, 1939.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 15th day of May, 1939 (N. 3231 / 39), in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Orders in Council of the 17th May, 1920 and the 26th June, 1930 sanctioned certain changes in the non-substantive Diving ratings held by Petty Officers and Seamen of the Royal Navy, whereby men are at present employed and paid in the non-substantive ratings of Diver, First and Second Class, Artificer Diver, First and Second Class, Seaman Deep Diver, and Artificer Deep Diver:

And whereas we consider it desirable to re-organise the Diving non-substantive ratings so that eventually they shall consist of the grades of Deep Diver, Diver, First Class, and Diver, Second Class, with remuneration at the rate of 9d., 6d., and 3d., a day respectively, together with extra pay for diving work at the rates authorised for the rating of Diver by Order in Council of the 26th June, 1930:

And whereas we propose that men holding the existing ratings of Seaman Deep Diver, Diver, First Class, and Diver, Second Class, shall be assimilated to the new grades as we direct, and that men now holding, or undergoing qualifying courses for the ratings of Artificer Deep Diver, Artificer Diver, First Class, and Artificer Diver, Second Class, shall continue to hold those ratings and to receive the present rates of 1s. 2d., 9d., and 6d., a day respectively, with extra pay for diving work at the rates authorised for Artificer Diver by Order in Council of the 26th June, 1930, so long as they remain efficient in the non-substantive rating, Artificer Divers, Second Class, to continue to be eligible for the rating of Artificer Diver, First Class

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the foregoing.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Rupert B. Howorth.


1942 01 23
Gunners supervising Diving - Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 22nd day of January, 1942

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 16th day of December, 1941 (C.W. 40631 / 1941) in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted inter alia that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Orders in Council bearing date the 2nd day of February, 1884, and the 23rd day of November, 1893, payment of an allowance of 2s. 6d. an hour was sanctioned to Gunners in charge of diving instruction at the Gunnery Schools at Portsmouth, Devonport and Chatham:

And whereas by Order in Council bearing date the 26th day of October, 1899, this allowance was increased to 3s. 6d, an hour:

And whereas it has now been found necessary to train and qualify divers in other ships and establishments where expert divers are borne:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the payment of a similar allowance of 3s. 6d. an hour to the Gunner in charge of diving instruction in any ship or establishment, when actually employed under water, with effect from the date of commencing such duties.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Rupert B. Howorth.


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