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Circular, No. 32.-W. Admiralty, 2nd July 1867.

My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have been pleased, under the authority of Her Majesty's Order in Council of 26th June, 1867, to establish the following Regulations:-

1. The titles of the Officers to be:

Navigating Cadet (in lieu of Naval Cadet 2nd Class).

Navigating Midshipman (in lieu of Master's Assistant).

Navigating Sub-Lieutenant (in lieu of Second Master).

Navigating Lieutenant (in lieu of Master).

Staff Commander.

Staff Captain.

2. Gentlemen to be entered as Navigating Cadets between the ages of 13 and 14,* under the Regulations now in force; the Regulations for the entry of Officers at later ages from the Merchant Service, either as Navigating Cadets, Midshipmen, or Sub-Lieutenants, to be cancelled.

3. The examinations to be the same as at present, except that the Regulations regarding forfeiture of time for rejection at the Royal Naval College are to be assimilated to those now in force for Sub-Lieutenants.

Officers not passing at the Trinity House within two months after passing at the Royal Naval College, to be discharged to the shore, and deprived of three months' seniority; and those not passing within three months to be dealt with as their Lordships may think fit, either as to further deprivation of time or removal from the Service, as the circumstances in each case may deserve.

4. Navigating Lieutenants, instead of passing for Line-of-battle Ships after three years' service in that rank, to be required to pass at the Trinity House for Ships of the 1st Class, drawing 26 feet of water and upwards.

5. Navigating Sub-Lieutenants to rank with Sub-Lieutenants according to date of commission, and above Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, and Chief Carpenters. Navigating Lieutenants to rank with Lieutenants, and Staff Commanders with Commanders, both according to date of commission. Staff Captains to rank with Captains under three years' standing.

6. The Regulations that Navigating Sub-Lieutenants must serve two years in that rank before being qualified for promotion to the rank of Navigating Lieutenant, to be abolished.

7. Navigating Lieutenants to be qualified for promotion to the rank of Staff Commander after 10 years' service as Navigating Lieutenant, or on attaining 15 years' seniority with not less than 7 years' service as Navigating Lieutenant. In both cases, 5 years' service must be Sea service, as defined by Her Majesty's Order in Council of 9th July, 1864, and the Officer must have passed for 1st Class Ships.

It is, however, to be distinctly understood, that promotion to the rank of Staff Commander is at the discretion of their Lordships, and is only to be given to Officers of good character and qualifications.

8. Navigating Lieutenants to be eligible for promotion to the rank of Staff Commander for distinguished or highly meritorious service, provided they have completed two years' Sea service as Navigating Lieutenants. Should an Officer to be so promoted not have passed for 1st Class Ships, he is only to be promoted to the rank of Acting Staff Commander, but to be confirmed with his original seniority provided he pass within a reasonable time after his arrival in England. In such cases, the regulation that an Officer must serve three years before he can pass is to be dispensed with.

9. Officers of the Navigating Class may be transferred for distinguished service in presence of the Enemy to the Active Lists of those Executive Officers with whom they may rank at the time of performing such service, carrying with them their seniority, and the benefit of their larger rates of Full and Half Pay (if any) until subsequently promoted to a higher rank.

Navigating Officers may also, at the discretion of than Lordships, be promoted to a higher rank in the Executive Branch, should the circumstances of the case appear to deserve it.

10. The rank of Staff Captain to he confined to Masters Attendant, Assistant Masters Attendant, and Queen's Harbour Masters, and to Masters of the Fleet when so employed.

11. The Pay of the Navigating Cadets and Navigating Midshipmen to be the same as at present.

12. Navigating Sub-Lieutenants to receive 5s. per diem, to be increased to 7s. 6d. per diem after two years' service. Half Pay as at present.

13. The Full Pay of Navigating Lieutenants and Staff Commanders to be as follows, viz.:

Years' Service. Years' Service. Per day.  
              s       d     
Under 5   0 10 0  
Above 5 and under 10 0 12 6  
Above 10 and under 15 0 14 0  
Above 15 and under 20 0 16 6} Provided they have passed for 1st Class Ships
Above 20 and under 25 0 19 6}
Above 25   1 1 6}

14. Staff Commanders on promotion to receive 14s. per diem, or such higher pay as they may be entitled to by service.

15. Half Pay to remain the same as at present, except that Staff Commanders on promotion are to receive 8s. per diem or such higher Pay as they may be entitled to by service.

16. Navigating Lieutenants and Staff Commanders, when in command of any of H.M. Ships or Vessels, to receive the same rate of Command Money as Lieutenants and Commanders.

17. Store and other Allowances, Widows' Pensions, Compassionate Allowances. &c., to be the same as at present.

18. All Navigating Officers to be placed on the Reserved List on attaining the age of 60; they may also be removed [to] that List under the conditions laid down in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Paragraphs in Her Majesty's Order in Council of 31st March, 1865.

19. Staff Commanders to be allowed to retire when unfit for further service, or, on attaining the age of 55, on the following scale, viz.:

  Reserved Half Pay
  per diem
Under 15 years' service no increase to Half Pay to which they may be entitled by service.    s       d   
After 15 years, and less than 20 years' service 12 0
After 20 years, and less than 25 years' service 15 0
After 25 years 17 6

Officers having served 20 years in the ranks of Navigating Lieutenant and Staff Commander to retire with the rank of Captain; Officers having served 15 years in those ranks to retire with the rank of Commander. No Officer is, however, to be entitled to the increased rank or to the increased Pay on retirement, unless he shall have in the ranks of Navigating Lieutenant and Staff Commander at least 7 years' Sea service, as defined by Her Majesty's Order in Council of 9th July, 1864.

20. All time served as Acting Navigating Lieutenant, and four years of time served as Navigating Sub-Lieutenant, to reckon towards increase of Full and Half Pay and Reserved Half Pay.

21. Time served as Master Attendant, Assistant Master Attendant, and Queen's Harbour Master to reckon as service towards increase of Full and Half Pay, and Reserved Half Pay. On retirement from these positions, Officers will be granted the Rank of Retired Captain, and will be allowed sixpence a-day for every complete year's service in such capacity, in addition to their Half Pay or Reserved Half Pay.

23. Navigating Lieutenants who may hereafter be placed on the Reserved List, may, at the discretion of their Lordships, be promoted to the rank of Staff Commander on attaining 15 years' seniority, if of good character and qualifications.

23. Time served in Revenue Vessels to count as Sea Time. Time served in the Coast Guard on shore, or in the Transport service on shore, to count as Sea Time in the proportion two years in the Coast Guard or Transport service as one of Sea of service. Time served as Mail Agent or Transport Agent afloat or abroad to count as Sea Time for the first three years, and after that in the proportion of three years' Agent's Time as two of Sea service.

These Regulations only to apply to increase of Full and Half Pay and Reserved Half Pay.

24. Navigating Officers, whatever their rank and seniority may be, are in all matters of Command, and in all details relating to the duties of the Fleet, and to the discipline and interior economy of Her Majesty's Ships, to be held subject to the authority of any Officer, not below the rank of Lieutenant, who may be in charge of the executive duties of the Ship, or in charge of any other special service or duty, of whatever seniority such Officer may be.

25. Navigating Officers in command of Her Majesty's Yachts and Store Ships are not to be interfered with by Officers commanding any of Her Majesty's Ships or Vessels of War, except under special or exceptional circumstances; nor are they, when on the Home Station, to be required to wait on any Officer in command of one of Her Majesty's Ships or Vessels of War under the rank of Commander; but on Foreign Stations they are to report themselves to the Senior Officer present, whatever his rank and seniority may be.

26. The Officers borne on the Books of Home Ships for pilotage and other duties, and for the command of small Vessels and Tugs, who now are styled Acting Masters and Acting Second Masters, although they have never passed the examinations required for those ranks, are to be styled Chief Officers in Her Majesty's Fleet instead of Acting Masters, and Senior Mates in Her Majesty's Fleet instead of Acting Second Masters, as laid down by Her Majesty's Order in Council of 11th December, 1865, in the case of Acting Masters and Acting Second Masters in the Coast Guard service.

27. These Regulations to come into force from the 1st July, 1867; and to apply to all Navigating Officers on the Active Lists.

By Command of their Lordships,

To all Commanders-in-Chief, &c. Henry G. Lennox

* This is now altered by the Regulations of 3rd August, 1869, page 315.

Source: Navy List for June 1870

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