Circular No. 72.-W.

Admiralty, 12th March, 1867.

My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have been pleased, under the authority of Her Majesty's Orders it Council of the 6th July. 1866, and 26th February, 1867, to establish the following Regulations respecting the relative rank of certain Officers:

  1. Staff Commanders, Staff Surgeons, Secretaries to Command-in-Chief under five years' service as such, Paymasters of fifteen years' seniority Chief Engineers of fifteen years' seniority, and Naval Instructors of fifteen years' seniority, to rank with Commanders according to date of Commission. The Paymasters, Chief Engineers, and Naval Instructors, to reckon their seniority from the date of completing fifteen years' seniority in their respective ranks.
  2. Officers in command of Her Majesty a Ships must, on all occasions, whether on shore or afloat, take rank and precedence of Officers placed under their command.    A Ship must always be represented by an Executive or Combatant Officer, after whom all Officers are to take precedence according to their relative rank.
  3. The last paragraph of Art. 29, chap. 4, page 8 of the Addenda to the Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, issued in 1865, relative to Staff Commanders and Masters in all matters of Command, &c., is to be considered as still in force.

By Command of their Lordships,

Henry G. Lennox


To all Commanders-in-Chief,

Source: Navy List for June 1870

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