This article is about a former military department of the United Kingdom. For other uses, see Admiralty (disambiguation).
A former British Government Department that was responsible for the Administration of the Royal Navy. Founded in 1832, the Board replaced the Navy Board which had been in existence since 1546 (which itself had replaced the 13th century office of Keeper of the King’s ships).
The Board was comprised of six Lords Commissioners, who divided between them the duties of the former office of the Lord High Admiral. The first Lord Commissioner was always a member of the government, four others were naval officers (The Sea Lords) and the sixth a civilian Lord.
In 1964 the Board of the Admiralty was absorbed into the Ministry Of Defence with the Chief of Naval Staff (First Sea Lord) becoming a member of the Defence council.