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Naval Instructors

Regulations for the Qualification, Pay, and Half Pay Of Naval Instructors, Established by Orders In Council. Of The 22nd Dec., 1836, 10th August 1840, and 11th March, 1842

Admiralty 10th Sept., 1842

Naval Instructors and Schoolmasters are hereafter to be designated "Naval Instructors" and Chaplains on being appointed to act as Naval Instructors are to be designated "Chaplains and Naval Instructors."

No person will be considered eligible for a Warrant as Naval Instructor who is under 20 years of age or more than 35.

Before any person can hereafter be received on board Her Majesty's ship "Excellent" as a candidate for a appointment as Naval Instructor, he will be required to produce a certificate of his age, and testimonials of good character ; and both laymen and clergymen when appointed to act as Naval Instructors must pass an examination as to their qualifications to instruct the young Officers in the following branches:-

  • 1st Common Arithmetic, including Vulgar and Decimal Fractions.
  • 2nd. The first six and the eleventh books of Euclid.
  • 3rd Algebra, progressing to the highest order of Equations, and its application to the solution of Geometrical Problems.
  • 4th. Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, theoretical and practical.
  • 5th. Nautical Astronomy, particularly the principles on which the various rules for finding the latitude and longitude are a founded.
  • 6th Mechanics.
  • 7th. Hydrostatics.
  • 8th. A competent knowledge of the Classics.

The final examination of Candidates for Naval Instructorships will comprise:-

  • 1st. The usual College passing examination n Navigation.
  • 2nd. The application of the theory of Projectiles to Gunnery.
  • 3rd. Observations with the Sextant, &c, The use of the Azimuth Compass and Chronometers, &c. Perfect proficiency will be expected in observing : 250 numbers will be required to pass a Candidate in the College Paper, and 55 is to be the minimum number for observations.

Although the knowledge of French, as well of other modern languages, and of the principles of drawing, is not considered as in dispensable, it is very desirable that Naval Instructors should be able to give instruction in these branches of education; and preference will always be given to such as possess these attainments.

The full pay of Naval Instructors is to be:-

  • Upon their first entry in the Service, 7s. a day.
  • After Three years' service on full pay, 7s. 6d.
  • After Seven Years, 8s. 6d.
  • After Ten Years, 10s.
  • And Five Pounds a Year for each young Gentleman who shall receive instruction from them ; but the Bounty of 30 a year heretofore allowed is to be discontinued.

The Half Pay of Naval Instructors is to be:-

  • After their first entry, 2s. a day
  • After three Years' Service on Full Pay, 3s.
  • After ten Years' Service on Full Pay, 4s. 6d.
  • After Twenty Years Year Service on Full Pay 5s.

But no Naval Instructor shall retire from his employment without the approbation of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, or who shall refuse or avoid service if found capable of serving, shall be allowed to receive Half-Pay ; and his name, in such case, will be removed from the List of Naval Instructors.

In the event of a Chaplain of a Ship being appointed to act also as Naval Instructor, he will be entitled to 5 a year each young Gentlemen instructed by him, in addition to his pay as Chaplain, and to three-fourths of the amount of the full pay of Naval Instructors, according to length of their service as such, but the Bounty of 30 a year is to to be discontinued.

The half-pay of Chaplains and Naval Instructors after 15 years service on full pay is to be one-half of the highest rate of half-pay of Naval Instructors in addition to the half-pay pay to which they may be entitled as Chaplains.

The Naval Instructor is to be considered in all respects a Ward Room Warrant Officer. Unless they be in Holy Orders, they are to wear the same uniform as Masters, but without epaulettes or gold lace on the trowsers.

By Command of their Lordships,

Sidney Herbert


Memorandum

Admiralty, June 7th, 1839

All Candidates for Naval Instructorships who may be sent to the Excellent, are to be examined (previous to commencing the course of Instruction) touching their Mathematical attainments, which it will be expected should be sufficient to admit of their proceeding at once to the study of Nautical Astronomy.

C. Wood.


Admiralty 10th Sept., 1849

Naval Instructors and Schoolmasters are hereafter to be designated "Naval Instructors" and Chaplains on being appointed to act as Naval Instructors are to be designated "Chaplains and Naval Instructors."

No person will be considered eligible for a Warrant as Naval Instructor who is under 20 years of age or more than 35.

Before any person can hereafter be received on board Her Majesty's ship "Excellent" as a candidate for a appointment as Naval Instructor, he will be required to produce a certificate of his age, and testimonials of good character ; and both laymen and clergymen when appointed to act as Naval Instructors must pass an examination as to their qualifications to instruct the young Officers in the following branches:-

  • 1st Common Arithmetic, including Vulgar and Decimal Fractions.
  • 2nd. The first six and the eleventh books of Euclid.
  • 3rd Algebra, progressing to the highest order of Equations, and its application to the solution of Geometrical Problems.
  • 4th. Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, theoretical and practical.
  • 5th. Nautical Astronomy, particularly the principles on which the various rules for finding the latitude and longitude are a founded.
  • 6th Mechanics.
  • 7th. Hydrostatics.
  • 8th. A competent knowledge of the Classics.

The final examination of Candidates for Naval Instructorships will comprise:-

  • 1st. The usual College passing examination n Navigation.
  • 2nd. The application of the theory of Projectiles to Gunnery.
  • 3rd. Observations with the Sextant, &c, The use of the Azimuth Compass and Chronometers, &c. Perfect proficiency will be expected in observing : 250 numbers will be required to pass a Candidate in the College Paper, and 55 is to be the minimum number for observations.

Although the knowledge of French, as well of other modern languages, and of the principles of drawing, is not considered as in dispensable, it is very desirable that Naval Instructors should be able to give instruction in these branches of education; and preference will always be given to such as possess these attainments.

No Naval Instructor who shall retire from his employment without the approbation of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, or who shall refuse or avoid service if found capable of serving, shall be allowed to receive Half-Pay ; and his name, in such case, will be removed from the List of Naval Instructors.

The Naval Instructor is to be considered in all respects a Ward Room Warrant Officer.

By Command of their Lordships,

W.A.B. Hamilton


Circular No. 229.

Admiralty, 11 December 1855

Examination of Chaplains for service as Acting Naval Instructors &c.

With a view of facilitating the Examination of Chaplains. when serving on Foreign Stations, who may desire to pass for the Situation of Naval instructor, my Lords are pleased to direct that the Commander-in-Chief may cause any Chaplain, who may be a Candidate, to be examined in the subjects, and according to the form prescribed in the Printed Admiralty Instructions and if found qualified, may appoint him (pending the approval of the Admiralty) as Chaplain and Acting Naval Instructor to any of Her Majesty's Ships in which a vacancy may exist, giving a preference, when there is more than one vacancy on the Station, to that Ship bearing the greatest number of Subordinate Officers requiring Instruction.

Every Chaplain who may have passed abroad, and been qualified to hold an appointment as Acting Naval Instructor, must, within Three Months of his return to England pass the final Examinations at the Royal Naval College, and on board H.M.S. " Excellent," without which he will not be confirmed : and until such final Examinations be passed. no further appointment, or acting appointment, as Naval Instructor, is to be granted to him.

By Command of their Lordships,
R. Osborne.

To all Commanders-in-Chief, Captains, Commanders and Commanding Officers of H.M. Ships and Vessels.

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