Navy Pay Office
Navy Pay Office
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Preceding Office of the Lord High Treasurer
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1546
Abolished 1835
Headquarters Somerset House, Whitehall, London, England
Head Treasurer of the Navy
Role Management of Naval Finance
Part of Admiralty Office
Part of Admiralty and Marine Affairs Office
Part of Department of Admiralty
Succeeding Dept of Accountant-General of the Navy

The Navy Pay Office was established in 1546, it was administered by the Treasurer of the Navy, it was semi-autonomous of the Navy Office and it existed until 1835 when all offices and accounting departments of the Royal Navy were unfied into the Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy.

1) History

The Navy Pay Office (NPO) was established in 1546, it was administered by the Treasurer of the Navy and existed until 1835 when all finance and accounting offices and departments of the Royal Navy were centralized into a single department under the Accountant-General of the Navy. The office was responsible processing naval finance including payments to flag officers, other commissioned officers and non-commissioned naval personnel and including the victualling office. The work of its staff was divided into a number of branches with specific areas of responsibility, these were overseen by the paymaster of the navy, the inspector of seamen's wills and the captains comptrolling payments of ships at Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Nore.

2) Offices

  1. Assistant to the Treasurer of the Navy
  2. Captains Comptrolling the Payment of Ships
  3. Paymaster of the Marines (Navy Board)
  4. Paymaster of the Navy
  5. Inspector of Seamans Wills

3) Branches

Each branch within the Navy Pay Office was administered by a Chief Clerk each had a head cashier together with other supporting staff.

  1. Accountants Branch (NPO)
  2. Allotment Branch (NPO)
  3. Bill and Remittance Branch (NPO)
  4. Navy Branch (NPO)
  5. Navy Bills Branch (NPO)
  6. Prize Branch (NPO)
  7. Stores Branch (NPO)
  8. Ticket Branch (NPO)
  9. Ticket and Wages Branch (NPO)
  10. Treasurers Branch (NPO)
  11. Wages Branch (NPO)
  12. Wills Branch (NPO)

4) References

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (December 1814). The Navy List, Admiralty Office, John Murray, London, England. p.132.
  2. Admiralty, Great Britain (March 1828). The Navy List, Civil Departments of the Navy, John Murray, London, England. p. 123.
  3. Admiralty, Great Britain (April 1834). The Navy List, Civil Departments of the Navy, John Murray, London, England. p.136.

5) Sources

  1. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/Records of the Admiralty:Records of Accounting and Pay Departments
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